- The definition of a league is a union of individuals, nations or groups in order to promote common interests or for protection.
- 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.
league definition by Webster's New World
- 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 division according to grade or quality; class
Origin: Middle English ligg ; from Old French ligue ; from Italian liga ; from legare, to bind ; from Classical Latin ligare: see ligature
- 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
- ☆ an old land measure in parts of the U.S. that were formerly Mexican, equal to about 4,400 acres
Origin: Middle 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
league definition by American Heritage Dictionary
- 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 loop1.
- A class or level of competition: The ski jump was out of his league.
Origin: Alteration (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.
noun Abbr. lea.
- 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: Middle English lege, from Old French liue, leguee, from Latin leuga, a measure of distance, of Gaulish origin.
league - Phrases/Idioms