(Le*ga"tion) n. [L. legatio: cf. F. légation, It. legazione. See Legate.]
1. The sending forth or commissioning one person to act for another. "The Divine legation of Moses."
2. A legate, or envoy, and the persons associated with him in his mission; an embassy; or, in stricter
usage, a diplomatic minister and his suite; a deputation.
3. The place of business or official residence of a diplomatic minister at a foreign court or seat of government.
4. A district under the jurisdiction of a legate.
(||Le*ga"to) a. [It., tied, joined, fr. legare to tie, bind, L. ligare.] (Mus.) Connected; tied; a
term used when successive tones are to be produced in a closely connected, smoothly gliding manner.
It is often indicated by a tie, thus or written over or under the notes to be so performed; opposed to
(||Leg`a*tor") n. [L., fr. legare: cf. OF. legateur. See Legacy.] (Law) A testator; one who bequeaths
a legacy. Dryden.
(||Le`ga*tu"ra) n. [It. See Ligature.] (Mus.) A tie or brace; a syncopation.
(Leg"a*ture) n. Legateship. [Obs.]
(Lege) v. t. [Abbrev. fr. allege to assert.] To allege; to assert. [Obs.] Bp. Fisher.
(Lege"ment) n. See Ledgment.
(Leg"end) (lej"end or le"jend; 277), n. [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.]
1. 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.
2. A story respecting saints; especially, one of a marvelous nature. Addison.
3. 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 deedFairfax.
Read, whilst you arm you.
4. 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.
Golden legend. See under Golden.
(Leg"end), v. t. To tell or narrate, as a legend. Bp. Hall.
(Leg"end*a*ry) a. Of or pertaining to a legend or to legends; consisting of legends; like a
legend; fabulous. "Legendary writers." Bp. Lloyd.
Legendary stories of nurses and old women.Bourne.
(Leg"end*a*ry), n. [Cf. OF. legendaire, LL. legendarius.]