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Meaning of legend

leg•end

Pronunciation: (lej'und), [key]
— n.
  1. a nonhistorical or unverifiable story handed down by tradition from earlier times and popularly accepted as historical.
  2. the body of stories of this kind, esp. as they relate to a particular people, group, or clan: the winning of the West in American legend.
  3. an inscription, esp. on a coat of arms, on a monument, under a picture, or the like.
  4. a table on a map, chart, or the like, listing and explaining the symbols used. Cf. key (def. 8).
  5. inscription (def. 8).
  6. a collection of stories about an admirable person.
  7. a person who is the center of such stories: She became a legend in her own lifetime.
  8. a story of the life of a saint, esp. one stressing the miraculous or unrecorded deeds of the saint.
  9. a collection of such stories or stories like them.
Random House Unabridged Dictionary, Copyright © 1997, by Random House, Inc., on Infoplease.
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