of, relating to, or belonging to a legion.
constituting a legion or legions.

noun, plural le·gion·ar·ies.

History/Historical. a soldier of a Roman legion.
a member of the British Legion.

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

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

  • 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.

British Dictionary definitions for legionary



of or relating to a legion

noun plural -aries

a soldier belonging to a legion
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