Legend
Legend Leg"end (l[e^]j"[e^]nd or l[=e]"j[e^]nd; 277), n. [OE. legende, OF. legende, F. l['e]gende, LL. legenda, fr. L. legendus to be read, fr. legere to read, gather; akin to Gr. le`gein to gather, speak. Cf. {Collect}, {Dialogue}, {Lesson}, {Logic}.] [1913 Webster] 1. That which is appointed to be read; especially, a chronicle or register of the lives of saints, formerly read at matins, and in the refectories of religious houses. [1913 Webster]

2. A story respecting saints; especially, one of a marvelous nature. --Addison. [1913 Webster]

3. Any wonderful story coming down from the past, but not verifiable by historical record; a myth; a fable. [1913 Webster]

And in this legend all that glorious deed Read, whilst you arm you. --Fairfax. [1913 Webster]

4. An inscription, motto, or title, esp. one surrounding the field in a medal or coin, or placed upon an heraldic shield or beneath an engraving or illustration. [1913 Webster]

{Golden legend}. See under {Golden}. [1913 Webster]


The Collaborative International Dictionary of English. 2000.

Synonyms:
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