Definition of legendary in US English:

legendary

adjective

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

    ‘a legendary British king of the 4th century’
    • ‘Bhagiratha is the legendary king whose devotion made the Ganges consent to come down to the Earth.’
    • ‘One of the earliest known portraits of the legendary freedom fighter William Wallace is to go on sale.’
    • ‘One of the most popular themes is Manas, the legendary father and hero of the Kyrgyz people.’
    • ‘Now a New Zealander has brought to light more revelations about the legendary love story.’
    • ‘It ends with the legendary King Arthur, a Celtic hero adopted by the Anglo-Normans.’
    • ‘Most people, it should be said, like to name their pets after mythological and legendary figures.’
    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’
    • ‘It's all a part of the legendary good time that the Edmonton festival is so well known for.’
    • ‘I play lead guitar for legendary heavy metal German rockers The Scorpions.’
    • ‘Motorcycle great Barry Sheene will lead a parade of legendary riders in North Yorkshire this weekend.’
    • ‘He was a legendary record plugger in the U.K. who worked with us from the beginning of our career.’
    • ‘Philip L.Carret was a legendary investor and the founder of one of the first mutual funds.’
    • ‘The legendary folk singer Woody Guthrie was one of his first influences.’
    • ‘These were the only honours bestowed on this legendary maestro during his lifetime.’
    • ‘The Hollywood heavyweight is set to present a documentary about legendary film star James Dean..’
    • ‘Her beauty and kindness were legendary in our small department and I adored her.’
    • ‘The club's legendary leader, Jock Stein, had won only one Scottish Cup when he took the Celtic job.’
    • ‘His work has led to him appearing with legendary comic talents ranging from Norman Wisdom to Bruce Forsyth.’
    • ‘Yet Streep matches her legendary leading men in her ability to immerse herself in a role and dedicate herself to her work.’
    • ‘He was a friend of the legendary photographers Henri Cartier-Bresson and Don McCullin.’
    • ‘In the end, it hardly matched the legendary success of its earlier incarnations.’
    • ‘No name is more legendary, when it comes to modern furniture, than Eames.’
    • ‘They will do very well if they emulate the success of their legendary father.’
    • ‘The statue was commissioned by Goodwood estate owner Lord March to honour the legendary fighter pilot.’
    • ‘A play celebrating the rise and fall of the legendary Wigan Casino is coming to Lowton.’
    • ‘The guitarist he has the greatest admiration for is the legendary and late Frank Zappa.’
    • ‘Crowds flock from far and wide to sample the club's legendary recitals.’
    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/