- 1A traditional story sometimes popularly regarded as historical but not authenticated: the legend of King Arthur [mass noun]: according to legend he banished all the snakes from IrelandMore example sentences
- The legend of Tristan and Isolde, one of the most popular, was tacked on to Arthur's.
- This was pretty much the starting point of the Arthurian legends with regard to the Holy Grail.
- Whatever historical events underlie the legend of the Trojan War did not occur as depicted here.
- 1.1 • historical The story of a saint’s life: the mosaics illustrate the Legends of the SaintsMore example sentences
- The legend of the notable Saint Anton is connected to plague victims and all diseases.
- These local religious festivals usually center on a particular saint or legend.
- One of legends concerning Saint George is the famous dragon story, with which he is invariably portrayed.
- 2An extremely famous or notorious person, especially in a particular field: the man was a living legend a screen legendMore example sentences
- We'll ask a living legend of broadcast journalism, Walter Cronkite, the former CBS News anchor.
- How does he feel sharing the stage with a living legend?
- Oliver ‘Smokey’ Charles, 79, is a living legend when it comes to football in St Lucia.
- 3An inscription, especially on a coin or medal.More example sentences
- The obverse of all denominations bore a harp, along with the legend Saorstat Eireann and the date the coin was struck.
- Around the lower border is the same legend as on the gold coin.
- The 200 baht coins have the same legend as the 100 baht coin.
- 3.1A caption: a picture of a tiger with the legend ‘Go ahead make my day’More example sentences
- Captions or legends must be submitted with all photographs, drawings, and tables.
- By improving legends and headings, authors will entice readers to learn more of their story; ultimately, more, not less, text will be read.
- 3.2The wording on a map or diagram explaining the symbols used: see legend to Fig. 1
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Middle English (in the sense 'story of a saint's life'): from Old French legende, from medieval Latin legenda 'things to be read', from Latin legere 'read'. sense 1 of the noun dates from the early 17th century.