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legend

noun uk   us   /ˈledʒ.ənd/

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
Translations of “legend”
in Arabic أُسْطورة…
in Korean 전설, 전설적인 사람, 유명한 사람…
in Malaysian legenda…
in French légende…
in Turkish destan, efsane, menkıbe…
in Italian leggenda…
in Chinese (Traditional) 故事, 傳說,傳奇故事, 民間故事…
in Russian легенда, легендарная личность…
in Polish legenda…
in Vietnamese huyền thoại…
in Spanish leyenda…
in Portuguese lenda…
in Thai ตำนาน…
in German die Sage…
in Catalan llegenda…
in Japanese 伝説, 偉大な人…
in Indonesian hikayat…
in Chinese (Simplified) 故事, 传说,传奇故事, 民间故事…
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