|1.||a military unit of the ancient Roman army made up of infantry with supporting cavalry, numbering some three to six thousand men|
|2.||any large military force: the French Foreign Legion|
|3.||(usually capital) an association of ex-servicemen: the British Legion|
|4.||(often plural) any very large number, esp of people|
|5.||(usually postpositive) very large or numerous|
|[C13: from Old French, from Latin legio, from legere to choose]|
a regiment of the Roman army, the number of men composing which differed at different times. It originally consisted of three thousand men, but in the time of Christ consisted of six thousand, exclusive of horsemen, who were in number a tenth of the foot-men. The word is used (Matt. 26:53; Mark 5:9) to express simply a great multitude.