legionary

[lee-juh-ner-ee]
noun, plural le·gion·ar·ies.
  1. History/Historical. a soldier of a Roman legion.
  2. a member of the British Legion.
  3. legionnaire(def 2).

Origin of legionary

From the Latin word legiōnārius, dating back to 1570–80. See legion, -ary
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Historical Examples of legionary

  • He is my servant, just as in old days I was his officer, he my legionary.

    Marcus: the Young Centurion

    George Manville Fenn

  • The ant which it steals is of a dark ash colour; the legionary is of light colour.

  • The legionary is a strong, brave ant, with a sting, but very lazy.

  • I shall relate to you the account which Mr. Huber gives of the legionary.

  • I expect that in some things the legionary does for the negro ant what it could not do for itself.


British Dictionary definitions for legionary

legionary

adjective
  1. of or relating to a legion
noun plural -aries
  1. a soldier belonging to a legion
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