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Other Legion Definition

[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"

Synonyms

horde, host

Misc. Definitions

\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 {Legend}.]
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.

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