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[lee-juh n] /ˈli dʒən/
a division of the Roman army, usually comprising 3000 to 6000 soldiers.
a military or semimilitary unit.
the Legion.
  1. American Legion.
  2. foreign legion (def 2).
any large group of armed men.
any great number of persons or things; multitude.
very great in number:
The holy man's faithful followers were legion.
Origin of legion
1175-1225; Middle English legi(o)un (< Old French) < Latin legiōn- (stem of legiō) picked body of soldiers, equivalent to leg(ere) to gather, choose, read + -iōn- -ion
5. throng, mass, host, sea. Unabridged
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  • Our schools for Education in evil are numerous, and their teachers are legion.

  • So once more days and nights aid me along, Like legion'd soldiers.

    Endymion John Keats
  • Not only the value but also the power of money was enhanced in the legion.

    In the Foreign Legion Erwin Rosen
  • I don't know the name of any cameras, except that their family name is legion.

    The Arbiter Lady F. E. E. Bell
  • If he made her his bride, his troubles and embarrassments would be legion.

    Little Golden's Daughter Mrs. Alex. McVeigh Miller
British Dictionary definitions for legion


a military unit of the ancient Roman army made up of infantry with supporting cavalry, numbering some three to six thousand men
any large military force: the French Foreign Legion
(usually capital) an association of ex-servicemen: the British Legion
(often pl) any very large number, esp of people
(usually postpositive) very large or numerous
Word Origin
C13: from Old French, from Latin legio, from legere to choose
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Word Origin and History for legion

c.1200, from Old French legion "Roman legion" (3,000 to 6,000 men, under Marius usually with attached cavalry), from Latin legionem (nominative legio) "body of soldiers," from legere "to choose, gather," also "to read" (see lecture (n.)).

Generalized sense of "a large number" is due to translations of allusive phrase in Mark v:9. American Legion, U.S. association of ex-servicemen, founded in 1919. Legion of Honor is French légion d'honneur, an order of distinction founded by Napoleon in 1802. Foreign Legion is French légion étrangère "body of foreign volunteers in a modern army," originally Polish, Belgian, etc. units in French army; they traditionally served in colonies or distant expeditions.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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