One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
A soldier in a Roman legion.
- ‘Do you think Roman legionaries whined about such things?’
- ‘Between 5000 and 6000 legionaries made up a legion that was commanded by a legatus.’
- ‘Then the Roman legionaries swept away the smoking ashes and sowed the land with salt to prevent anything from ever growing there again.’
- ‘How was he to beat a legionary if he had trouble figuring out how to hold a sword?’
- ‘Military training was emphasized and legionaries were put through rigorous and continuous training.’
attributive Of an ancient Roman legion.‘the legionary fortress of Isca’
- ‘In Britain and Gaul, however, malted barley was indeed required for the manufacture of beer, a local speciality for which there was a steady demand in legionary camps.’
- ‘All these towers were of much higher quality than would be expected for a simple legionary fortress, said Mr Walker.’
- ‘The brewery's bar sits above the Roman road which led out of the legionary fortress across the river between Toft Green and Micklegate.’
- ‘He founded a temple there, containing a fine bronze statue of himself, and established a legionary fortress.’
- ‘The Roman army built legionary fortresses, forts, camps, and roads, and assisted with the construction of buildings in towns.’
Late Middle English: from Latin legionarius, from legio(n-) (see legion).
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