Meaning of “legendary” in the English Dictionary

"legendary" in British English

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uk /ˈledʒ.ən.dri/ us /ˈledʒ.der.i/

legendary adjective (FAMOUS)

C1 very famous and admired or spoken about:

He became editor of the legendary Irish journal "The Bell".
The English are legendary (= well known) for their incompetence with languages.

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  • His drinking was legendary.
  • His son was the legendary trumpeter, Miles Davis.
  • Their parties were legendary for their lavishness.
  • All the obituaries mentioned his legendary rudeness.
  • He worked for the legendary Ball brothers.

(Definition of “legendary” from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"legendary" in American English

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us /ˈledʒ·ənˌder·i/

legendary adjective (OF STORIES)

of or relating to an old story or set of stories from ancient times, or the stories that people tell about a famous event or person:

legendary tales of great deeds (= wonderful things that someone did)

legendary adjective (FAMOUS)

of or describing someone who is very famous and admired, usually because of an ability in a particular area:

the legendary magician Houdini

(Definition of “legendary” from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)