- 1[countable, uncountable] a story from ancient times about people and events, that may or may not be true; this type of story synonym myth the legend of Robin Hood the heroes of Greek legend Legend has it that the lake was formed by the tears of a god. see also urban legend
- 2[countable] a very famous person, especially in a particular field, who is admired by other people a jazz/tennis, etc. legend She was a legend in her own lifetime. Many of golf's living legends were playing. a legend in the world of music
- 3[countable] (technology) the explanation of a map or diagram in a book synonym key
- 4[countable] (formal) a piece of writing on a sign, a label, a coin, etc.