Origin of legion
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|Shinan Govani|December 30, 2014|DAILY BEAST
We will see some surprising groups, maybe a legion of them, face the Six.Gail Simone’s Bisexual Catman and the ‘Secret Six’|Rich Goldstein|December 6, 2014|DAILY BEAST
First, in his opening remarks yesterday, the pontiff towed a much more conservative line than his legion of new fans might expect.
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|Chris Allbritton|July 23, 2014|DAILY BEAST
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|DAILY BEAST
He had numerous honorary distinctions and medals, and was a Chevalier of the Legion of Honour.The Annual Register 1914|Anonymous
He had been military tribune of the second legion in Macedonia.Plutarch's Lives, Volume I (of 4)|Plutarch
The second legion was accordingly sent, and the Extraordinaries were ordered to retire.History of Rome, Vol III|Titus Livius
We are many, and sorry am I to say that some among us are like unto them that were called 'Legion.'The Wept of Wish-Ton-Wish|James Fenimore Cooper
It's pretty tough work here in the Legion; well, you'll see for yourself.In the Foreign Legion|Erwin Rosen
British Dictionary definitions for legion
Word Origin for legion
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.