League meaning

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(measurement) The distance that a person can walk in one hour, commonly taken to be approximately three English miles (about five kilometers).
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(sports) A group of teams organized to compete against one another.
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A compact or covenant made by nations, groups, or individuals for promoting common interests, assuring mutual protection, etc.
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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.
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(informal) A level of quality; class.

The best and worst students were not in the same league.

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A group or association of cooperating members.

The League of Nations.

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To bring together in or as if in a league.
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An association or alliance of individuals, groups, or nations formed by such a covenant.
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A stone erected near a public road to mark the distance of a league.
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A square league.
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To form into a league.
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(historical) A land measure in parts of the U.S. that were formerly Mexican, equal to about 4,400 acres.
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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.

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(informal) Rugby league.

Are you going to watch the league tonight?

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To form an association; to unite in a league or confederacy; to combine for mutual support.

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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.

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An association of states, organizations, or individuals for common action; an alliance.
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(sports) An association of teams or clubs that compete chiefly among themselves.
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A class or level of competition.

The ski jump was out of his league.

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To come together in or as if in a league.
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in league
  • associated for a common purpose; allied
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out of someone's league
  • so superior to someone as to seem unattainable or unapproachable
    The prettiest girls were always out of his league.
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Idioms and Phrasal Verbs

out of someone's league

Origin of league

  • 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 leig- in Indo-European roots

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • Middle English lege from Old French liue, leguee from Latin leuga a measure of distance of Gaulish origin

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • Middle English ligg, from Middle French ligue, from Italian lega, from the verb legare, from Latin ligō (“to tie").

    From Wiktionary

  • From Late Latin leuga, possibly from Gaulish or Celtic.

    From Wiktionary