legend
noun Etymology: Middle English legende, from Anglo-French & Medieval Latin; Anglo-French legende, from Medieval Latin legenda, from Latin, feminine of legendus, gerundive of legere to gather, select, read; akin to Greek legein to gather, say, logos speech, word, reason Date: 14th century 1. a. a story coming down from the past; especially one popularly regarded as historical although not verifiable b. a body of such stories <
a place in the legend of the frontier
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c. a popular myth of recent origin d. a person or thing that inspires legends e. the subject of a legend <
its violence was legend even in its own time — William Broyles Jr.
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2. a. an inscription or title on an object (as a coin) b. caption 2b c. an explanatory list of the symbols on a map or chart

New Collegiate Dictionary. 2001.

Synonyms:
, , , , / (round a coin or a medal)


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