• noun 1 a traditional story concerning the early history of a people or explaining a natural or social phenomenon, typically involving the supernatural. 2 a widely held but false belief. 3 a fictitious person or thing.
— ORIGIN Greek muthos.
• noun 1 a traditional story popularly regarded as historical but which is not authenticated. 2 an extremely famous or notorious person: a screen legend. 3 an inscription, caption, or key.
• adjective very well known.
— ORIGIN from Latin legenda ‘things to be read’, from legere ‘read’.
Myth has a deeper metaphysical sense than Legend. Myths usually involve the activities of deities; legends need have nothing to do with them.
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