- 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