from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • adjective Of, relating to, or constituting a legion.
  • noun A soldier of a legion.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • Pertaining to or consisting of a legion or legions: as, legionary discipline; a legionary soldier; a legionary force.
  • Containing a great number.
  • noun One of a legion; especially, a Roman soldier belonging to a legion or a subaltern member of the Legion of Honor.
  • noun The neuter of a kind of red ant: so named by Huber. It is probably the neuter of Polyergus rufescens, a slave-making species.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • adjective Belonging to a legion; consisting of a legion or legions, or of an indefinitely great number
  • noun A member of a legion.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • adjective Relating to, or consisting of a legion or legions.
  • adjective Containing a great number.
  • noun military A soldier belonging to a legion; a professional soldier of the ancient Roman army.
  • noun A member of a legion, such as the American Legion, or of any organization containing the term legion in its title (e.g. the French Foreign Legion).

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • noun a soldier who is a member of a legion (especially the French Foreign Legion)


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