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[lee-juh-ner-ee] /ˈli dʒəˌnɛr i/
of, relating to, or belonging to a legion.
constituting a legion or legions.
noun, plural legionaries.
History/Historical. a soldier of a Roman legion.
a member of the British Legion.
legionnaire (def 2).
Origin of legionary
1570-80; < Latin legiōnārius. See legion, -ary Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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  • It was a legionary at his post, a sentry on guard, and to him rode Knud the Bear.

    Ulric the Jarl William O. Stoddard
  • The ant which it steals is of a dark ash colour; the legionary is of light colour.

    Natural History Anonymous
  • The legionary is a strong, brave ant, with a sting, but very lazy.

    Natural History Anonymous
  • The legionary strove to wheel at the word of command, but his feet obeyed him not.

    Ulric the Jarl William O. Stoddard
  • A number of these relics are tombstones of the legionary soldiers who were stationed here.

    Cheshire Charles E. Kelsey
  • A Briton might become as good a soldier as a legionary, with arms and with training.

    Ulric the Jarl William O. Stoddard
  • He is my servant, just as in old days I was his officer, he my legionary.

    Marcus: the Young Centurion George Manville Fenn
  • A legionary stood guard at the portal, but no Saxons were to be seen.

    Ulric the Jarl William O. Stoddard
  • The Samian ware has, like the legionary tiles, been found wherever the arms of Rome were carried.

    The Ceramic Art Jennie J. Young
  • The legionary tablets of the Scottish Wall are its most interesting relics.

British Dictionary definitions for legionary


of or relating to a legion
noun (pl) -aries
a soldier belonging to a legion
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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