Definition of legendary in English:


Syllabification: leg·end·ar·y
Pronunciation: /ˈlejənˌderē


1Of, described in, or based on legends: a legendary British king of the 4th century
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  • Bhagiratha is the legendary king whose devotion made the Ganges consent to come down to the Earth.
  • It ends with the legendary King Arthur, a Celtic hero adopted by the Anglo-Normans.
  • Most people, it should be said, like to name their pets after mythological and legendary figures.
fabled, storied, heroic, traditional, fairy-tale, storybook, mythical, mythological
2Remarkable enough to be famous; very well known: her wisdom in matters of childbirth was legendary
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  • The statue was commissioned by Goodwood estate owner Lord March to honour the legendary fighter pilot.
  • These were the only honours bestowed on this legendary maestro during his lifetime.
  • It's all a part of the legendary good time that the Edmonton festival is so well known for.


early 16th century (as a noun denoting a collection of legends, especially of saints' lives): from medieval Latin legendarius, from legenda 'things to be read' (see legend).



Pronunciation: /-ˌderəlē, ˌlejənˈde(ə)r-/
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  • For all his kindness, Ben was also legendarily a tough guy, and only a tough guy could have made his choices.
  • The composer legendarily augmented his orchestra with a wind machine.
  • Theresa Gattung legendarily insisted on wearing hers to university.

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