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Reenactors of Ancient Roman legionaries


legion +‎ -ary. From Latin legionarius. Doublet of legionnaire.


legionary (not comparable)

  1. Relating to, or consisting of, a legion or legions.
    a legionary force
  2. Containing a great number.
    • 1646, Sir Thomas Browne, Pseudodoxia Epidemica (aka, Vulgar Errours), Google Books
      Unto whom (what is deplorable in men and Christians) too many applying themselves, betwixt jest and earnest, betray the cause of truth, and insensibly make up the legionary body of error.


legionary (plural legionaries)

  1. (military, Ancient Rome) A soldier belonging to a legion; a professional soldier of the ancient Roman army.
    • 1959, Anthony Burgess, Beds in the East (The Malayan Trilogy), published 1972, page 425:
      Suddenly, [...] he saw all this as romantic — the last legionary, his aloneness, the lost cause really lost — and instinctively he pulled in his paunch, stroked down his hair to cover the naked part of the scalp, and wiped the sweat off his cheeks.
  2. A member of a legion, such as the American Legion, or of any organization containing the term legion in its title (e.g. the French Foreign Legion).



Coordinate terms[edit]

  • (soldier of the Ancient Roman legion): centurion