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[lee-juh-nair] /ˌli dʒəˈnɛər/

(often initial capital letter) a member of the American Legion.
a member of any legion; .
(often capital) a member of certain military forces or associations, such as the French Foreign Legion or the British Legion

1818, from French légionnaire, from légion (see legion). Legionnaires’ Disease, caused by Legionella pneumophilia, was named after the lethal outbreak of July 1976 at the American Legion convention in Philadelphia’s Bellevue Stratford Hotel. Hence Legionella as the name of the bacterium that causes it.


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  • Legion-of-honor

    noun 1. 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)

  • Legion-of-merit

    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.

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