Definition of Legion

1. Noun. Archaic terms for army.

Exact synonyms: Host
Specialized synonyms: Roman Legion, Sabaoth
Generic synonyms: Army, Ground Forces, Regular Army

2. Adjective. Amounting to a large indefinite number. "Palomar's fans are legion"
Exact synonyms: Numerous
Similar to: Many
Derivative terms: Numerosity, Numerousness

3. Noun. Association of ex-servicemen. "The American Legion"
Generic synonyms: Association

4. Noun. A large military unit. "The French Foreign Legion"
Generic synonyms: Force, Military Force, Military Group, Military Unit
Specialized synonyms: Foreign Legion
Member holonyms: Legionary, Legionnaire

5. Noun. A vast multitude.
Exact synonyms: Horde, Host
Generic synonyms: Concourse, Multitude, Throng

Definition of Legion

1. n. A body of foot soldiers and cavalry consisting of different numbers at different periods, -- from about four thousand to about six thousand men, -- the cavalry being about one tenth.

Definition of Legion

1. Adjective. Numerous; vast; very great in number; multitudinous. ¹

2. Noun. (historical) The major unit or division of the Roman army, usually comprising 3000 to 6000 infantry soldiers and 100 to 200 cavalry troops. ¹

3. Noun. A large military or semimilitary unit trained for combat; any military force; an army, regiment; an armed, organized and assembled militia. ¹

4. Noun. (often '''Legion''' or '''the Legion''') A national organization or association of former servicemen, such as the American Legion, founded in 1919. ¹

5. Noun. A large number of people; a multitude. ¹

6. Noun. (often plural) A great number. ¹

7. Noun. (dated taxonomy) A group of orders inferior to a class; in scientific classification, a term occasionally used to express an assemblage of objects intermediate between an order and a class. ¹

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Definition of Legion

1. a large military force [n -S]

Lexicographical Neighbors of Legion

legion (current term)
legionaire's disease
legionary ant
legionella pneumophila
legionnaire's disease
legionnaire hat

Literary usage of Legion

Below you will find example usage of this term as found in modern and/or classical literature:

1. The History of Rome by Thomas Arnold (1853)
"THE accounts of the Roman legion in the fourth and fifth centuries of ... Livy, however, has preserved in one place a detailed account of the earlier legion ..."

2. The Encyclopedia Americana: A Library of Universal Knowledge (1919)
"legion, in ancient Roman armies, a body of infantry consisting of different ... Each legion was divided into 10 cohorts, each cohort into three maniples and ..."

3. Journal by Bond & Share Society, New Hampshire Dental Society, American Wine Society, Manning Valley Historical Society (1906)
"Medals of the Kerry legion and Baltimore legion. BY ROBERT DAY, FSA THE KERRY legion, 1782. HIS is a circular, engraved medal, 2 inches in diameter. ..."

4. The Cambridge Modern History by Adolphus William Ward, George Walter Prothero (1907)
"The legion of Honour. [1799-1806 to be in a position to bestow them. ... The law of May 19, 1802, created a " legion of Honour," with the view of rewarding ..."

5. The Pennsylvania Magazine of History and Biography by Historical Society of Pennsylvania (1892)
"The following list of the officers of the " legion," with the dates of their commissions, is copied from an original MS. endorsed " Return of the officers ..."

6. The Pennsylvania Magazine of History and Biography by Historical Society of Pennsylvania (1893)
"He served with the legion while it was attached to the Northern ... After the surrender of Cornwallis at Yorktown, the legion remained in Virginia for some ..."

7. Blackwood's Edinburgh Magazine (1841)
"—You see when I was gazetted to the legion, ... in reality, DQ such thing as a legion at all—it was only the ghost of a legion— a disembodied legion ; and I ..."

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