- An example of league is a basketball team organized through a church that plays against the same set of teams.
- An example of league is the League of Nations.
- a compact or covenant made by nations, groups, or individuals for promoting common interests, assuring mutual protection, etc.
- an association or alliance of individuals, groups, or nations formed by such a covenant
- Sports a group of teams organized to compete against one another
- Informal a level of quality; class: the best and worst students were not in the same league
Origin of leagueMiddle English ligg from Old French ligue from Italian liga from legare, to bind from Classical Latin ligare: see ligature
intransitive verbleagued, leagu′ing
out of someone's league
- a unit of linear measure varying in different times and countries: in English-speaking countries it is usually about 3 statute miles or 3 nautical miles
- Historical a land measure in parts of the U.S. that were formerly Mexican, equal to about 4,400 acres
Origin of leagueMiddle English lege from Old French legue from Late Latin leuga, leuca, Gallic mile from Celtic an unverified form leuca from source Old English leowe, mile
- An association of states, organizations, or individuals for common action; an alliance.
- Sports An association of teams or clubs that compete chiefly among themselves. Also called loop 1.
- A class or level of competition: The ski jump was out of his league.
verbleagued, leagu·ing, leagues
Origin of leagueAlteration ( influenced by Italian lega ) of Middle English liege from Old French ligue from Medieval Latin liga and from Old Italian lega, liga ( from legare to bind ) both from Latin ligāre to bind ; see leig- in Indo-European roots.
- a. A unit of distance equal to 3.0 statute miles (4.8 kilometers).b. Any of various other units of about the same length.
- A square league.
Origin of leagueMiddle English lege from Old French liue, leguee from Latin leuga a measure of distance of Gaulish origin
- A group or association of cooperating members.
- the League of Nations
- An organization of sports teams which play against one another for a championship.
- My favorite sports organizations are the National Football League and the American League in baseball.
- (informal) Rugby league.
- Are you going to watch the league tonight?
(third-person singular simple present leagues, present participle leaguing, simple past and past participle leagued)
- To form an association; to unite in a league or confederacy; to combine for mutual support.
From Late Latin leuga, possibly from Gaulish or Celtic.