Meaning of “legend” in the English Dictionary

"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:

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)