A legend is a story about a great person or thing. Legends are passed from one generation to another, and in the retelling of the legend, details or events become magnified or exaggerated over time. A legend can be an old story, or it can be about recent activities.
- The legend of King Arthur of England is well known among students of British history.
- King Arthur’s defense of England against Saxon invaders in the sixth century is legendary. (The word "legendary" is an adjective.)
- Abraham Lincoln remains a legend in the United States for his honesty and vision as a leader.
- Al Capone became a legend among people living in Chicago in the 20s and 30s, even though he was a ruthless gangster.
- Many sports fans consider the basketball player Michael Jordan a legend.
- He became a legend in his own time.
- Successful gladiators became legends during Roman times.
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This page was published on March 24, 2017.