[ adjective, noun li-jit-uh-mit; verb li-jit-uh-meyt ]
/ adjective, noun lɪˈdʒɪt ə mɪt; verb lɪˈdʒɪt əˌmeɪt /


verb (used with object), le·git·i·mat·ed, le·git·i·mat·ing.


the legitimate, the legitimate theater or drama.
a person who is established as being legitimate.

Nearby words

  1. legislature,
  2. legist,
  3. legit,
  4. legitim,
  5. legitimacy,
  6. legitimate government,
  7. legitimation,
  8. legitimatize,
  9. legitime,
  10. legitimism

Origin of legitimate

First recorded in 1485–95, legitimate is from the Medieval Latin word lēgitimātus (past participle of lēgitimāre to make lawful). See legitim, -ate1

Related forms
Can be confusedlegitimate legitimize

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British Dictionary definitions for legitimate


adjective (lɪˈdʒɪtɪmɪt)

verb (lɪˈdʒɪtɪˌmeɪt)

(tr) to make, pronounce, or show to be legitimate
Derived Formslegitimacy or legitimateness, nounlegitimately, adverblegitimation, noun

Word Origin for legitimate

C15: from Medieval Latin lēgitimātus made legal, from lēx law

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