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"legend" in British English

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legendnoun

uk   /ˈledʒ.ənd/  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.
(Definition of legend from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"legend" in American English

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legendnoun

 us   /ˈledʒ·ənd/
  • legend noun (STORY)

literature [C/U] an old story or set of stories from ancient times, or the stories that people tell about a famous event or person: [U] Cajun legend suggests that white alligators are a symbol of prosperity.
  • legend noun (FAME)

[C] someone who is very famous and admired, usually because of an ability in a particular area: Louis Armstrong is a jazz legend.
  • legend noun (EXPLANATION)

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