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Douglas Harper's Etymology Dictionary

1954, proprietary name (in use since 1934, according to the company), from Danish phrase leg godt "play well." The founder, Ole Kirk Christiansen, didn't realize until later that the word meant "I study" or "I put together" in Latin.


n. (alternative case form of Lego English)


Lego (; stylized LEGO) is a line of plastic construction toys that are manufactured by The Lego Group, a privately held company based in Billund, Denmark. The company's flagship product, Lego, consists of colourful interlocking plastic bricks accompanying an array of gears, figurines called minifigures, and various other parts. Lego pieces can be assembled and connected in many ways, to construct objects; vehicles, buildings, and working robots. Anything constructed can then be taken apart again, and the pieces used to make other objects.

The Lego Group began manufacturing the interlocking toy bricks in 1949. Since then a global Lego subculture has developed. Supporting movies, games, competitions, and six Legoland amusement parks have been developed under the brand. As of July 2015, 600 billion Lego parts had been produced.

In February 2015, Lego replaced Ferrari as Brand Finance's "world's most powerful brand".

Lego (disambiguation)

Lego is a line of toys produced by the Lego Group consisting of interlocking plastic blocks.

Lego or LegOS may also refer to: legco

Lego (album)

Lego is the fourth full-length studio album by the Italian progressive death metal band Sadist, released in 2000 by kmg. In this unexpected release, the band loses death vocals altogether, while maintaining hard driving guitars which are still present for a thrash metal background with vocals altered to a more nu metal styling, but on occasion Trevor provides harsher vocals. The release and sudden change in style could be traced back to the very reason the band had split-up in the first place, but it is still unclear as to why this occurred. The band then went on hiatus never to be heard from for five years after Lego was released and returned in 2005 with a new outlook and later redeemed themselves with their self-titled release, Sadist in 2007.

Lego is Sadist's longest album tracking in at 69:19.

LEGO (proof assistant)

LEGO is a proof assistant developed by Randy Pollack at the University of Edinburgh. It implements several type theories: the Edinburgh Logical Framework (LF), the Calculus of Constructions (CC), the Generalized Calculus of Constructions (GCC) and the Unified Theory of Dependent Types (UTT).

Lego (musician)

Lego is a Sakalava musician who performs accordion music in the traditional style of the coastal regions of Madagascar. In addition to his acclaim as a musician, Lego is also known for having lost his sight as a child, and for being the half-brother of Malagasy superstar Rossy. Lego has released numerous albums and has toured regularly on the international world music circuit.


Usage examples of "lego".

Say they buy a Lego car kit-in the old days you'd open the box and out tumbled sixty pieces you had to assemble to make the car.

I used to play Lego with lan Ball who lived up the street, back in Bellingham.

Then one day Bradley's mother put his Lego in the bathtub to wash it off.

The charm and fun of Lego derives from reducing the organic to the modular: a zebra built of little cubes.

Shaw, ever the Boomersomething, says that he never got into Lego when he was a kid.

Onto these pads were built skyscrapers and animals and mazes and Lego railroads, sticking out of the walls, rounding corners, passing through holes.

Also, Dusty has him signed up with a trainer at a gym, and he's not looking so much like he was assembled from the leftover bits of the Lego box as he used to.

Jake glanced up when Tor got up and left room, and flat out laughed when he came back carrying the box of Lego Jake had given him.

By the time they finished they had used two more sets and had built the weirdest looking castle Jake had ever seen, using Lego from two space themed sets, one fantasy set and a set based on a front-end loader.

Tor’s shoulders were square and even sitting on the floor with Lego scattered around him Tor’s back was ramrod straight.

Before Tor could try to get his hands on Kirk's Lego Jake pointed to Tor and said, "Watch him–he likes to mix up the pieces.

He rattled around and, finally, triumphantly produced a red and white Lego tower with a bulb-holder lodged inside near the top.

He picked up the Lego box and marched off with it, and I went to look at the clothes in the garage.

He produced the Lego box from a cupboard, wrote a list of what we were taking on an official-looking receipt and got Malcolm to sign it.

I had taken with us the Lego lighthouse and the Mickey Mouse clock, thinking they might interest Robin, over which Malcolm shook his head.