A story of unknown origin describing plausible but extraordinary past events.
A story in which a kernel of truth is embellished to an unlikely degree.
- The legend of Troy was discovered to have historical basis.
A leading protagonist in a historical legend.
- The 1984 Rose Bowl prank has spawned many legends . Here's the real story.
A person of extraordinary accomplishment.
- Achilles is a legend in Greek culture.
A key to the symbols and color codes on a map, chart, etc.
- Michael Jordan stands as a legend in basketball.
An inscription, motto, or title, especially one surrounding the field in a medal or coin, or placed upon a heraldic shield or beneath an engraving or illustration.
A fabricated backstory for a spy, with associated documents and records; a cover story.
- According to the legend on the map, that building is a school.
* 1992 , edition, ISBN 067173458X, page 115:
- According to his legend , he once worked for the Red Cross, spreading humanitarian aid in Africa.
* 2003 , Rodney Carlisle, , ISBN 0028644182, page 105:
- If the documents are needed to establish "a light legend ," meaning a superficial cover story, no steps are taken to make sure that if someone calls the college or motor vehicle department, the name on the document will be registered.
* 2005 , , ISBN 1591146607, page 25:
- Sorge solidified his own position by returning to Germany and developing a new legend . He joined the Nazi Party.
(UK, Irish, Australia, New Zealand, colloquial, slang) A cool, nice or helpful person, especially one who is male.
- Both the agent's legend and documents were intended to stand up against casual questions from Soviet citizens, such as during a job interview, or a routine police document check, such as were made at railway stations.
- I've lost my pen! —Here mate, borrow mine. —You legend .
* (story of unknown origin) myth
* (story embellished to become implausible) myth, tall tale
* (leading protagonist) hero
* (person of extraordinary accomplishment) hero
* (key to symbols on a map or chart) guide, key
* (text on a coin) inscription
* (fabricated backstory for a spy) cover, cover story
* (worthy friend) brick
* campus legend
* legend in one's own lunchtime
* legend in one's own mind
* legend in one's own time
* living legend
* urban legend
(archaic) To tell or narrate; to recount.
- (Bishop Hall)
A rhinoceroslike creature of Central African legend.
* 1959 , Lawrence George Green, These wonders to behold
- The native said the chipekwe had a smooth, dark body and a single white horn...