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leg·end

 (lĕj′ənd)
n.
1.
a. An unverified story handed down from earlier times, especially one popularly believed to be historical.
b. A body or collection of such stories.
2. One that inspires legends or achieves legendary fame: She is a legend in her own time.
3.
a. An inscription or title on an object, such as a coin.
b. An explanatory caption accompanying an illustration.
c. An explanatory table or list of the symbols appearing on a map or chart.

[Middle English, from Old French legende, from Medieval Latin (lēctiō) legenda, (lesson) to be read, from Latin, feminine gerundive of legere, to read; see leg- in Indo-European roots.]

legend

(ˈlɛdʒənd)
n
1. a popular story handed down from earlier times whose truth has not been ascertained
2. a group of such stories: the Arthurian legend.
3. a modern story that has taken on the characteristics of a traditional legendary tale
4. a person whose fame or notoriety makes him or her a source of exaggerated or romanticized tales or exploits
5. an inscription or title, as on a coin or beneath a coat of arms
6. explanatory matter accompanying a table, map, chart, etc
7. (Ecclesiastical Terms)
a. a story of the life of a saint
b. a collection of such stories
[C14 (in the sense: a saint's life or a collection of saints' lives): from Medieval Latin legenda passages to be read, from Latin legere to read]
ˈlegendry n

leg•end

(ˈlɛdʒ ənd)

n.
1. a nonhistorical or unverifiable story handed down by tradition from earlier times and popularly accepted as historical.
2. the body of stories of this kind, esp. as they relate to a particular people, group, or clan.
3. an inscription, esp. on a coat of arms, a monument, a picture, or the like.
4. a table on a map, chart, or the like, listing and explaining the symbols used.
5. the lettering running around the field of a coin, medal, etc.
6. a collection of stories about an admirable person.
7. a person who is the center of such stories: to become a legend in one's own lifetime.
8. Archaic. a story of the life of a saint.
9. Obs. a collection of such stories or stories like them.
[1300–50; Middle English legende account of a saint's life < Medieval Latin legenda literally, (lesson) to be read; so called because appointed to be read on respective saints' days]
syn: legend, myth, fable refer to stories handed down from earlier times, often by word of mouth. A legend is a story associated with a people or a nation; it is usu. concerned with a real person, place, or event and is popularly believed to have some basis in fact: the legend of King Arthur. A myth is one of a class of purportedly historical stories that attempt to explain some belief, practice, or natural phenomenon; the characters are usu. gods or heroes: the Greek myth about Demeter. A fable is a fictitious story intended to teach a moral lesson; the characters are usu. animals: the fable about the fox and the grapes.

legend

An explanation of symbols used on a map, chart, sketch, etc., commonly printed in tabular form at the side of the map, etc.

legend

An unverifiable story handed down from earlier times, or a modern story that presents similar characteristics; used in medieval times when telling the life story of a saint.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.legend - a story about mythical or supernatural beings or eventslegend - a story about mythical or supernatural beings or events
Holy Grail, Sangraal, grail - (legend) chalice used by Christ at the Last Supper
King Arthur's Round Table, Round Table - (legend) the circular table for King Arthur and his knights
story - a piece of fiction that narrates a chain of related events; "he writes stories for the magazines"
Arthurian legend - the legend of King Arthur and his court at Camelot
hagiology - literature narrating the lives (and legends) of the saints
Midas - (Greek legend) the greedy king of Phrygia who Dionysus gave the power to turn everything he touched into gold
Sisyphus - (Greek legend) a king in ancient Greece who offended Zeus and whose punishment was to roll a huge boulder to the top of a steep hill; each time the boulder neared the top it rolled back down and Sisyphus was forced to start again
Tristan, Tristram - (Middle Ages) the nephew of the king of Cornwall who (according to legend) fell in love with his uncle's bride (Iseult) after they mistakenly drank a love potion that left them eternally in love with each other
Iseult, Isolde - (Middle Ages) the bride of the king of Cornwall who (according to legend) fell in love with the king's nephew (Tristan) after they mistakenly drank a love potion that left them eternally in love with each other
2.legend - brief description accompanying an illustration
title - a general or descriptive heading for a section of a written work; "the novel had chapter titles"
illustration - artwork that helps make something clear or attractive

legend

noun
1. myth, story, tale, fiction, narrative, saga, fable, folk tale, urban myth, urban legend, folk story the legends of ancient Greece
2. celebrity, star, phenomenon, genius, spectacle, wonder, big name, marvel, prodigy, luminary, celeb (informal), megastar (informal) the blues legend, B.B. King
3. inscription, title, caption, device, device, motto, rubric a banner bearing the following legend

legend

noun
1. A traditional story or tale that has no proven factual basis:
2. A body of traditional beliefs and notions accumulated about a particular subject:
Translations
أُسْطُورَةٌاُسْطورَه
legendapověst
legendesagn
legenda
legendapredaja
legenda
òjóîsaga
伝説凡例
전설
legendinisplačiai žinomas
leģenda
legenda
text
ตำนาน
truyền thuyết

legend

[ˈledʒənd] Nleyenda f
she was a legend in her own lifetimefue una leyenda en su vida, fue un mito viviente

legend

[ˈlɛdʒənd] n
(= story) → légende f
(= famous person) → légende f

legend

n
Legende f; (fictitious) → Sage f; heroes of Greek legendgriechische Sagenhelden pl; to become a legend in one’s lifetimeschon zu Lebzeiten zur Legende werden
(= inscription, caption)Legende f

legend

[ˈlɛdʒnd] nleggenda

legend

(ˈledʒənd) noun
a myth or traditional story, handed down from one generation to another. the legend of St George.
ˈlegendary adjective
1. mentioned etc in legend. legendary heroes.
2. very famous because very great, good etc. His generosity is legendary.

legend

أُسْطُورَةٌ legenda legende Legende μύθος leyenda legenda légende legenda leggenda 伝説 전설 legende legende legenda lenda легенда text ตำนาน efsane truyền thuyết 传说
References in classic literature ?
All her years she had squatted and waddled there upon the island, gathering legends of the Baratarians and the sea.
Still Magua, though daring and much exposed, escaped from every effort against his life, with that sort of fabled protection that was made to overlook the fortunes of favored heroes in the legends of ancient poetry.
Or is she an elfish spirit, who, as the legends of our childhood taught us, is forbidden to cross a running stream?
Several of the Sleepy Hollow people were present at Van Tassel's, and, as usual, were doling out their wild and wonderful legends.
And let no man doubt this Arkite story; for in the ancient Joppa, now Jaffa, on the Syrian coast, in one of the Pagan temples, there stood for many ages the vast skeleton of a whale, which the city's legends and all the inhabitants asserted to be the identical bones of the monster that Perseus slew.
These bricks and stones would figure in the accounts of the "riot" which would be sent out to a few thousand newspapers within an hour or two; but the episode of the cash drawer would never be mentioned again, save only in the heartbreaking legends of Packingtown.
Soon after, I went to see a panorama of the Mississippi, and as I worked my way up the river in the light of today, and saw the steamboats wooding up, counted the rising cities, gazed on the fresh ruins of Nauvoo, beheld the Indians moving west across the stream, and, as before I had looked up the Moselle, now looked up the Ohio and the Missouri and heard the legends of Dubuque and of Wenona's Cliff--still thinking more of the future than of the past or present--I saw that this was a Rhine stream of a different kind; that the foundations of castles were yet to be laid, and the famous bridges were yet to be thrown over the river; and I felt that THIS WAS THE HEROIC AGE ITSELF, though we know it not, for the hero is commonly the simplest and obscurest of men.
Under the old dim writing of the Yankee historian appeared traces of a penmanship which was older and dimmer still -- Latin words and sentences: fragments from old monk- ish legends, evidently.
It is entitled THE LEGENDS OF THE RHINE FROM BASLE TO ROTTERDAM, by F.
But their great treat was, in the twilight, in the great silence of the evening, after the sun had set in the sea, when Daae came and sat down by them on the roadside and, in a low voice, as though fearing lest he should frighten the ghosts whom he evoked, told them the legends of the land of the North.
I am that Merlin who the legends say The devil had for father, and the lie Hath gathered credence with the lapse of time.
Only in the valley Dor, where the river Iss empties into the lost sea of Korus, is there supposed to be a different language spoken, and, except in the legends of our ancestors, there is no record of a Barsoomian returning up the river Iss, from the shores of Korus in the valley of Dor.