a French order of distinction instituted in 1802 by Napoleon with membership being granted for meritorious civil or military services.
- Legion of honour
noun 1. an order for civil or military merit instituted by Napoleon in France in 1802 French name Légion d’honneur (leʒjɔ̃ dɔnœr)
noun, Military. 1. a decoration ranking below the Silver Star and above the Distinguished Flying Cross, awarded to U.S. and foreign military personnel for exceptionally meritorious conduct in the performance of outstanding services to the U.S.
- Leg iron
noun a metal band or chain placed on a prisoner’s ankle as a restraint; also called leg irons
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