- very great in number: The holy man's faithful followers were legion.
Origin of legion
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Examples from the Web for legion
Oprah, when she came, found a legion of her fans on its doorstep.The Fiery Death of Sotto Sotto, Toronto’s Celebrity Hotspot
December 30, 2014
We will see some surprising groups, maybe a legion of them, face the Six.Gail Simone’s Bisexual Catman and the ‘Secret Six’
December 6, 2014
First, in his opening remarks yesterday, the pontiff towed a much more conservative line than his legion of new fans might expect.Is Pope Francis Backpedaling on Gays?
November 19, 2014
Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl reportedly tried to join the Legion before enlisting in the U.S. Army.1,000 Americans Are Serving in the Israeli Army and They Aren’t Alone
July 23, 2014
Modesty, of course, forbids me from the citing the legion of instances where I have been correct.Les Gelb Puts Russia in Its Place—and Critics in Theirs
Leslie H. Gelb
April 2, 2014
Major Vernier, of Pulaski's legion, and twenty-five men, were killed.A Sketch of the Life of Brig. Gen. Francis Marion
William Dobein James
He had previously been made a Chevalier of the Legion of Honour.Heroes of the Telegraph
Had there been a legion of them on his track, he could have better borne it.
Indeed there were not many who could have kept up with him in his rambles, had there been a legion.
A legion of hirelings were zealous to show their servility and loyalty to their lords.The Railroad Question
- 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 forcethe French Foreign Legion
- (usually capital) an association of ex-servicementhe British Legion
- (often plural) any very large number, esp of people
- (usually postpositive) very large or numerous
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.