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legionary Syllabification: le·gion·ar·y
Pronunciation: /ˈlējəˌnerē/

Definition of legionary in English:

noun (plural legionaries)

A soldier in a Roman legion.
Example sentences
  • How was he to beat a legionary if he had trouble figuring out how to hold a sword?
  • Between 5000 and 6000 legionaries made up a legion that was commanded by a legatus.
  • Military training was emphasized and legionaries were put through rigorous and continuous training.


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Of an ancient Roman legion: the legionary fortress of Isca
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  • All these towers were of much higher quality than would be expected for a simple legionary fortress, said Mr Walker.
  • He founded a temple there, containing a fine bronze statue of himself, and established a legionary fortress.
  • The brewery's bar sits above the Roman road which led out of the legionary fortress across the river between Toft Green and Micklegate.


Late Middle English: from Latin legionarius, from legio(n-) (see legion).

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