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A traditional story sometimes popularly regarded as historical but not authenticated. This sense dates from the early 17th century; in Middle English, the word was used to denote the story of a saint's life, and came via Old French from medieval Latin legenda ‘things to be read’.

a legend in their own lifetime a very famous or notorious person; someone whose fame is comparable to that of a hero of legend or about whom similar stories are told.

Subjects: Literature.

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