noun, plural LEGOs. Also Lego, lego.
  1. 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. 2018

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Contemporary Examples of lego

Historical Examples of lego

  • It was divided into centuries, each led by a centurion; and the whole body together was called a legion, from lego, to choose.

    Young Folks' History of Rome

    Charlotte Mary Yonge

  • Lego eisdem libros meos episcopales, majorem et minorem, quos ego compilavi.

British Dictionary definitions for lego


  1. 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
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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