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noun, plural leg·end·ar·ies.
  1. a collection of legends.

Origin of legendary

From the Medieval Latin word legendārius, dating back to 1505–15. See legend, -ary
Related formsleg·end·ar·i·ly, adverbpre·leg·end·ar·y, adjectivepseu·do·leg·end·ar·y, adjectivequa·si-leg·end·ar·y, adjectivesem·i·leg·end·ar·y, adjective

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Historical Examples of legendary

  • She thought only of him; she adored him in the lustre of his legendary nobility.

    The Dream

    Emile Zola

  • In the few days that had elapsed Hilary had become a legendary figure.

    Slaves of Mercury

    Nat Schachner

  • Our fairy-tale presents these events in their legendary transformation.

  • Note: A legendary tale rather than a folk-story, with a fine moral.

  • Burned into his bare flesh was the emblem of their legendary sun-god.

    Two Thousand Miles Below

    Charles Willard Diffin

British Dictionary definitions for legendary


  1. of or relating to legend
  2. celebrated or described in a legend or legends
  3. very famous or notorious
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Word Origin and History for legendary

mid-16c., from Medieval Latin legendarius, from legenda (see legend). Earlier it was a noun meaning "a collection of legends" (1510s).

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