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Meaning of “legend” in the English Dictionary

"legend" in British English

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legendnoun

uk   us   /ˈledʒ.ənd/
  • legend noun (STORY)

B2 [C or U] a very ​oldstory or set of ​stories from ​ancienttimes, or the ​stories, not always ​true, that ​peopletell about a ​famousevent 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 ​theirability in a ​particulararea: Jazz legend Ella Fitzgerald ​oncesang 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 ​oldstory or set of ​stories from ​ancienttimes, or the ​stories that ​peopletell about a ​famousevent or ​person: [U] Cajun legend ​suggests that ​whitealligators are a ​symbol of ​prosperity.
  • legend noun (FAME)

[C] someone who is very ​famous and ​admired, usually because of an ​ability in a ​particulararea: 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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