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Legend


LEG'END, noun [Latin legenda, from lego, to read; originally, in the Romish church, a book of service or lessons to be read in worship.]

1. A chronicle or register of the lives of saints, formerly read at matins and at the refectories of religious houses. Hence,

2. An idle or ridiculous story told respecting saints.

3. Any memorial or relation.

4. An incredible, unauthentic narrative.

5. An inscription, particularly on medals and on coins.

LEG'END, verb transitive To tell or narrate, as a legend