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legend

noun uk   /ˈledʒ.ənd/ us  

legend noun (STORY)

B2 [C or U] a very old story or set of stories from ancient times, or the stories, not always true, that people tell about a famous event or person: The dance was based on several Hindu legends. She is writing a thesis on Irish legend and mythology. Legend has it (= people say) that he always wore his boots in bed. This match will go into tennis legend (= it will always be remembered).
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legend noun (PERSON)

C1 [C] someone very famous and admired, usually because of their ability in a particular area: Jazz legend Ella Fitzgerald once sang in this bar.
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  • She was a legend on Broadway.
  • Miles Davis was a jazz legend.
  • He was a legend among actors.
  • Singing legend Shirley Bassey performed here.
  • He was a legend in his own lifetime.

legend noun (EXPLANATION)

[C] formal the words written on or next to a picture, map, coin, etc. that explain what it is about or what the symbols on it mean
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