leg·end /ˈlɛdʒənd/ Show Spelled[lej-uhnd] Show IPA –noun 1. a nonhistorical or unverifiable story handed down by tradition from earlier times and popularly accepted as historical. 2. the body of stories of this kind, esp. as they relate to a particular people, group, or clan: the winning of the West in American legend. 3. an inscription, esp. on a coat of arms, on a monument, under a picture, or the like. 4. a table on a map, chart, or the like, listing and explaining the symbols used. Compare key1 ( def. 8 ) . 5. Numismatics . inscription ( def. 8 ) . 6. a collection of stories about an admirable person. 7. a person who is the center of such stories: She became a legend in her own lifetime. 8. Archaic . a story of the life of a saint, esp. one stressing the miraculous or unrecorded deeds of the saint. 9. Obsolete . a collection of such stories or stories like them.