Definitions for: Legion

[n] a vast multitude
[n] archaic terms for army
[n] a large military unit; "the French Foreign Legion"
[n] association of ex-servicemen; "the American Legion"

Webster (1913) Definition: Le"gion (l[=e]"j[u^]n), n. [OE. legioun, OF. legion, F.
l['e]gion, fr. L. legio, fr. legere to gather, collect. See
1. (Rom. Antiq.) 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.

2. A military force; an army; military bands.

3. A great number; a multitude.

Where one sin has entered, legions will force their
way through the same breach. --Rogers.

4. (Taxonomy) A group of orders inferior to a class.

Legion of honor, an order instituted by the French
government in 1802, when Bonaparte was First Consul, as a
reward for merit, both civil and military.

Synonyms: horde, host

See Also: army, association, concourse, force, legionary, legionnaire, military force, military group, military unit, multitude, regular army, Sabaoth, throng

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