Legion of honor
Legion Le"gion (l[=e]"j[u^]n), n. [OE. legioun, OF. legion, F. l['e]gion, fr. L. legio, fr. legere to gather, collect. See {Legend}.] 1. (Rom. Antiq.) A body of foot soldiers and cavalry consisting of different numbers at different periods, -- from about four thousand to about six thousand men, -- the cavalry being about one tenth. [1913 Webster]

2. A military force; an army; military bands. [1913 Webster]

3. A great number; a multitude. [1913 Webster]

Where one sin has entered, legions will force their way through the same breach. --Rogers. [1913 Webster]

4. (Taxonomy) A group of orders inferior to a class. [1913 Webster]

{Legion of honor}, an order instituted by the French government in 1802, when Bonaparte was First Consul, as a reward for merit, both civil and military. [1913 Webster]


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  • Legion of Honor — (Légion d honneur)    The Legion of Honor was an order established on May 19, 1802, by napoléon i with the intention of recognizing outstanding achievements in military or civil life. The first consul was the head of the order, and a decree of… …   France. A reference guide from Renaissance to the Present

  • Legion of Honor — n. 1. a French honorary society founded in 1802 by Napoleon for recognition of distinguished military or civil service 2. the decoration given to those receiving such recognition …   English World dictionary

  • Legion of Honor — Le′gion of Hon′or n. mil a French order of distinction for meritorious civil or military services • Etymology: trans. of F Légion d honneur …   From formal English to slang

  • Legion of Honor — a French order of distinction instituted in 1802 by Napoleon with membership being granted for meritorious civil or military services. [trans. of F Légion d honneur] * * * …   Universalium

  • Legion of Honor — a French order of distinction instituted in 1802 by Napoleon with membership being granted for meritorious civil or military services. [trans. of F Légion d honneur] …   Useful english dictionary

  • Legion of Honor — Date: 1827 a French order conferred as a reward for civil or military merit …   New Collegiate Dictionary

  • Legion of Honor — honorary society set up by Napoleon to reward those who give great service to France …   English contemporary dictionary

  • Legion of Honor (disambiguation) — Legion of Honor or Legion of Honour may refer to: *Légion d honneur, one of the highest decorations awarded by France *Philippine Legion of Honor, one of the highest decorations awarded by the Philippines *Palais de la Légion d Honneur, a… …   Wikipedia

  • Philippine Legion of Honor — Infobox Military Award name=Philippine Legion of Honor caption= awarded by=the Republic of the Philippines type=Single Grade Neck Order/Sash/Medal eligibility=Military Personnel, Diplomats, Heads of States Government for=Meritorious Valuable… …   Wikipedia

  • California Palace of the Legion of Honor — Pour les articles homonymes, voir Légion d honneur (homonymie). California Palace of the Legion of Honor Informations g …   Wikipédia en Français

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