Definition of legendary in US English:

legendary

adjective

  • 1Of, described in, or based on legends.

    ‘a legendary British king of the 4th century’
    • ‘It ends with the legendary King Arthur, a Celtic hero adopted by the Anglo-Normans.’
    • ‘Now a New Zealander has brought to light more revelations about the legendary love story.’
    • ‘One of the most popular themes is Manas, the legendary father and hero of the Kyrgyz people.’
    • ‘One of the earliest known portraits of the legendary freedom fighter William Wallace is to go on sale.’
    • ‘Most people, it should be said, like to name their pets after mythological and legendary figures.’
    • ‘Bhagiratha is the legendary king whose devotion made the Ganges consent to come down to the Earth.’
    fabled, heroic, ancient, traditional, fairy-tale, storybook, romantic, mythical, mythological
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  • 2Remarkable enough to be famous; very well known.

    ‘her wisdom in matters of childbirth was legendary’
    • ‘His work has led to him appearing with legendary comic talents ranging from Norman Wisdom to Bruce Forsyth.’
    • ‘It's all a part of the legendary good time that the Edmonton festival is so well known for.’
    • ‘The statue was commissioned by Goodwood estate owner Lord March to honour the legendary fighter pilot.’
    • ‘In the end, it hardly matched the legendary success of its earlier incarnations.’
    • ‘A play celebrating the rise and fall of the legendary Wigan Casino is coming to Lowton.’
    • ‘He was a legendary record plugger in the U.K. who worked with us from the beginning of our career.’
    • ‘The guitarist he has the greatest admiration for is the legendary and late Frank Zappa.’
    • ‘The legendary folk singer Woody Guthrie was one of his first influences.’
    • ‘The Hollywood heavyweight is set to present a documentary about legendary film star James Dean..’
    • ‘No name is more legendary, when it comes to modern furniture, than Eames.’
    • ‘Her beauty and kindness were legendary in our small department and I adored her.’
    • ‘Crowds flock from far and wide to sample the club's legendary recitals.’
    • ‘Philip L.Carret was a legendary investor and the founder of one of the first mutual funds.’
    • ‘These were the only honours bestowed on this legendary maestro during his lifetime.’
    • ‘Yet Streep matches her legendary leading men in her ability to immerse herself in a role and dedicate herself to her work.’
    • ‘I play lead guitar for legendary heavy metal German rockers The Scorpions.’
    • ‘They will do very well if they emulate the success of their legendary father.’
    • ‘The club's legendary leader, Jock Stein, had won only one Scottish Cup when he took the Celtic job.’
    • ‘Motorcycle great Barry Sheene will lead a parade of legendary riders in North Yorkshire this weekend.’
    • ‘He was a friend of the legendary photographers Henri Cartier-Bresson and Don McCullin.’
    famous, celebrated, famed, renowned, acclaimed, illustrious, esteemed, honoured, exalted, lauded, lionized, vaunted, venerable, notable, noted, well known, popular, prominent, distinguished, great, eminent, pre-eminent, outstanding, revered, glorious, remembered, immortal, unforgettable
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Origin

Early 16th century (as a noun denoting a collection of legends, especially of saints' lives): from medieval Latin legendarius, from legenda ‘things to be read’ (see legend).

Pronunciation

legendary

/ˈlɛdʒənˌdɛri//ˈlejənˌderē/