Origin of legend
Examples from the Web for legend
Founded by German monks in present-day Old Town Stockholm, Zum Franziskaner has become a legend amongst locals and tourists.
Without proof of this kind, the story of the lost legions is just a legend.
The last straw was when Congressman John Lewis—the Civil Rights legend—came out in support of Hillary Clinton in October 2007.The Valerie Jarrett I Know: How She Saved the Obama Campaign and Why She’s Indispensable|Joshua DuBois|November 18, 2014|DAILY BEAST
She was also an autodidact, an illegitimate girl from the provinces whose intelligence became the stuff of legend.Sor Juana: Mexico’s Most Erotic Poet and Its Most Dangerous Nun|Katie Baker|November 8, 2014|DAILY BEAST
That, too, is the test for Cadillac—to resuscitate a legend.
According to the Talmudic legend like Moses and other saints.Stories and Pictures|Isaac Loeb Peretz
For five thousand years, so the legend ran, this diamond had been one of the most precious treasures of Asia.Cyrus Hall McCormick|Herbert Newton Casson
Concerning Peter and Paul, the increase of the legend was rich and rapid.English Conferences of Ernest Renan|Ernest Renan
It was the opinion of some that this might be the wild huntsman, famous in German legend.The Sketch Book of Geoffrey Crayon, Gent.|Washington Irving
The river, the fountain, and the aged oak, each had its legend and its observance of unknown antiquity.History of Religion|Allan Menzies
British Dictionary definitions for legend
- a story of the life of a saint
- a collection of such stories
Word Origin for legend
Word Origin and History for legend
early 14c., "narrative dealing with a happening or an event," from Old French legende (12c., Modern French légende) and directly from Medieval Latin legenda "legend, story," literally "(things) to be read," on certain days in church, etc., from Latin legendus, neuter plural gerundive of legere "to read, gather, select" (see lecture (n.)).
Used originally of saints' lives; extended sense of "nonhistorical or mythical story" first recorded late 14c. Meaning "writing or inscription" (especially on a coin or medal) is from 1610s; on a map, illustration, etc., from 1903.