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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.