[ leg-oh ]
/ ˈlɛg oʊ /


a brand of plastic blocks that can be locked together, used as a children’s building toy.

noun, plural LEGOs. Also Lego, lego.

one of these blocks, usually as part of a set.

Origin of LEGO

abbreviation of Danish leg godt ‘to play well’ Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for lego


/ (ˈlɛɡəʊ) /


trademark a construction toy consisting of plastic bricks and other standardized components that fit together with studs

Word Origin for Lego

C20: from Danish leg godt play well
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012

Word Origin and History for lego


1954, proprietary name (in use since 1934, according to the company), from Danish phrase leg godt "play well." The founder, Ole Kirk Christiansen, didn't realize until later that the word meant "I study" or "I put together" in Latin.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper