- That which is appointed to be read; especially, a chronicle or register of the lives of saints, formerly read at matins, and in the refectories of religious houses.
- A story respecting saints; especially, one of a marvelous nature.
- Any wonderful story coming down from the past, but not verifiable by historical record; a myth; a fable."And in this legend all that glorious deed Read, whilst you arm you." [Fairfax.]
- An inscription, motto, or title, esp. one surrounding the field in a medal or coin, or placed upon an heraldic shield or beneath an engraving or illustration.
Etymology: OE. legende, OF. legende, F. légende, LL. legenda, fr. L. legendus to be read, fr. legere to read, gather; akin to Gr. le`gein to gather, speak. Cf. Collect Dialogue Lesson Logic