legend Definition

  • 1a traditional story or group of stories told about a particular person or place, often one regarded as historical or supernatural in nature
  • 2an extremely famous or notorious person, especially in a particular field

Using legend: Examples

Take a moment to familiarize yourself with how "legend" can be used in various situations through the following examples!

  • Example

    The legend of King Arthur is well-known.

  • Example

    The city is steeped in legend and folklore.

  • Example

    He is a living legend in the music industry.

  • Example

    Michael Jordan is a basketball legend.

legend Synonyms and Antonyms

Antonyms for legend

Idioms Using legend

  • a person who is becoming famous or notorious and is expected to achieve legendary status in the future


    The young athlete is already showing great promise and could be a legend in the making.

  • a legend in one's own mind

    a person who thinks they are more famous or important than they really are


    He's always talking about how great he is, but he's just a legend in his own mind.

  • a person who is famous or notorious and can be seen or met in person


    Meeting the rock star in person was like meeting a legend in the flesh.

Phrases with legend

  • a modern story of obscure origin and with little or no supporting evidence that spreads spontaneously in varying forms and often has elements of humor, moralizing, or horror


    The urban legend about the alligators in the sewers of New York City has been around for decades.

  • a person who is famous or notorious while still alive


    Elvis Presley was a legend in his own lifetime.

  • a person who is famous or notorious and still alive


    At 90 years old, Betty White is a living legend in the entertainment industry.

Origins of legend

from Old French 'legende', from Medieval Latin 'legenda', meaning 'things to be read'


Summary: legend in Brief

The term 'legend' [ˈlɛdʒənd] refers to traditional stories about people or places, often with historical or supernatural elements. It also denotes a person who is extremely famous or notorious, especially in a particular field, such as Michael Jordan. The phrase 'urban legend' refers to modern stories of obscure origin and little supporting evidence, while 'living legend' describes a person who is famous and still alive.

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