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legend +‎ -ary; from Middle Latin legendarius' Earlier it was a noun meaning "a collection of legends" (1510s).' (Old French legendier), from Latin legenda. In English, both the noun and the adjective appear in the 16th century.


legendary (not comparable)

  1. Of or pertaining to a legend or to legends.
  2. Appearing (solely) in legends.
  3. Having the splendor of a legend; fabled.
  4. Having unimaginable greatness; excellent to such an extent to evoke stories
    • 2013, Phil McNulty, "[1]", BBC Sport, 1 September 2013:
      And it was a fitting victory for Liverpool as Anfield celebrated the 100th anniversary of the birth of their legendary Scottish manager Bill Shankly.



legendary (plural legendaries)

  1. (obsolete) A collection of legends, in particular of lives of saints.
  2. (obsolete) One who relates legends.