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[leg-oh] /ˈlɛg oʊ/
a brand of plastic blocks that can be locked together, used as a children’s building toy.
noun, plural LEGOs. Also, Lego, lego
one of these blocks, usually as part of a set.
Origin of LEGO
abbreviation of Danish leg godt ‘to play well’ Unabridged
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  • It was divided into centuries, each led by a centurion; and the whole body together was called a legion, from LEGO, to choose.

    Young Folks' History of Rome Charlotte Mary Yonge
  • LEGO eisdem libros meos episcopales, majorem et minorem, quos ego compilavi.

    Old English Libraries Ernest Savage
British Dictionary definitions for LEGO


trademark a construction toy consisting of plastic bricks and other standardized components that fit together with studs
Word Origin
C20: from Danish leg godt play well
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for LEGO


1954, proprietary name (in use since 1934, according to the company), from Danish phrase leg godt "play well." The founder, Ole Kirk Christiansen, didn't realize until later that the word meant "I study" or "I put together" in Latin.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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