American English

Definition of league noun from the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary



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  1. 1 a group of sports teams who all play each other to find out which team is best major-league baseball The Dodgers were the league champions last season. Both our children play in the town's Little League. see also minor-league
  2. 2(informal) a level of quality, ability, etc. As a painter, he is in a league of his own (= much better than others). They're in a different league from us. When it comes to cooking, I'm not in her league (= she is much better than me). A house like that is out of our league (= too expensive for us).
  3. 3 a group of people or nations who have combined for a particular purpose synonym alliance the League of Nations a meeting of the League of Women Voters see also Ivy League
  4. 4(old use) a unit for measuring distance, equal to about 3 miles or 4, 000 meters
  5. Idioms
    in league (with somebody)
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    making secret plans with someone
See the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary entry: league