Definition of league noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



    BrE BrE//liːɡ//
    ; NAmE NAmE//liːɡ//
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  1. 1  a group of sports teams who all play each other to earn points and find which team is best major league baseball United were league champions last season. If we look at the league table we can see Bolton are bottom with 21 points. 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. 3a group of people or nations who have combined for a particular purpose synonym alliance the League of Nations a meeting of the Women’s League for Peace see also Ivy League
  4. 4 (old use) a unit for measuring distance, equal to about 3 miles or 4 000 metres More Like This Silent letters gnarled, gnash, gnat, gnaw, gnome haute cuisine, heir, (NAmE herb), honour, hors d’oeuvre, hour knack, knee, kneel, knife, knight, knit, knob, knock, knot, know, knuckle psalm, psephology, psychic, ptarmigan, pterodactyl, psychology wrangle, wrap, wreath, wreck, wrench, wrestle, wriggle, wring, write, wrong bomb, climb, crumb, doubt, lamb, limb ascent, fascinate, muscle, scene, scissors height, right, sleigh, weight align, campaign, design, foreign, malign, reign, unfeigned balmy, calm, calf, half, yolk autumn, column, condemn, damn, hymn, solemn bristle, fasten, listen, mortgage, soften, thistle, wrestle biscuit, build, circuit, disguise, guilty, league, rogue, vague yacht answer, sword, twoSee worksheet.
  5. Word Originsenses 1 to 3 late Middle English (denoting a compact for mutual protection or advantage): via French from Italian lega, from legare ‘to bind’, from Latin ligare.sense 4 late Middle English: from late Latin leuga, leuca, late Greek leugē, or from Provençal lega (modern French lieue).Extra examples As a painter he is in a league of his own. He played Sunday League cricket for years. He set a league record for the longest touchdown run. Hopefully he’ll get called up to the big leagues soon. The Yankees dominated the league in 1998. The team is now in the Premier League. The team joined the Northern League last year. The team slipped to the foot of the Northern League table. They want to start a new football league. They’re hoping to improve their position in the league. This move propelled him into the political big league. Those two crooks seem to be in league with each other. Today’s technology is in a different league. a baseball field with a Little League game going on new proposals for a European super league players for a team in a fantasy league school league tables the League for Prison Reform the countries in the Arab League the first women’s professional athletic league in the US the standard for professional sports leagues in this country A house like that is out of our league. When it comes to cooking, I’m not in her league. a meeting of the Women’s League for PeaceIdioms
    in league (with somebody)
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    making secret plans with somebody
See the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary entry: league