big league

noun

Definition of big league

2 : big time sense 2 often used in plural

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big-league \ ˈbig-​ˌlēg How to pronounce big league (audio) \ adjective
big leaguer noun

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Broadway is the big leagues, and for big bucks theatergoers expect professionalism.
Recent Examples on the Web The 23-year-old Rogers made his big league debut at Citi Field last August and earned his only win there six days later. Mike Fitzpatrick, Star Tribune, "Home cooking: Mets win Citi opener vs Marlins on gift HBP," 8 Apr. 2021 Mize, the No. 1 pick in the 2018 draft, made his big league debut last year. Noah Trister, ajc, "Woo hoo! Baddoo hits again, Tigers rookie tops Twins in 10th," 7 Apr. 2021 The righander is the 20-year-old son of big league pitcher Al Leiter. BostonGlobe.com, "Slovakian Petra Vlhova secures overall skiing title," 20 Mar. 2021 Chisholm made his big league debut in September and went 9 for 56 (.161). Steven Wine, sun-sentinel.com, "Highly regarded prospect Jazz Chisholm wins Marlins’ 2B job," 28 Mar. 2021 For a guy with eight big league outings, just one of them a start. Evan Grant, Dallas News, "How Wes Benjamin’s embrace of analytics, ‘pitch design’ have him verging on making Rangers’ rotation," 15 Mar. 2021 While several top picks from his draft class — Atlanta pitcher Ian Anderson, Seattle outfielder Kyle Lewis and Dodgers catcher Will Smith — have established themselves as big league regulars, Thaiss, 25, is still scrambling for a roster spot. Los Angeles Times, "Matt Thaiss seeks the swing that made him the Angels’ first-round pick in 2016," 10 Mar. 2021 Nineteen big league players and six staff have tested positive for COVID-19 since the start of spring training, a positive rate of 0.07% among 34,541 tests. Chron, "Astros down 8 pitchers because of coronavirus protocols," 5 Mar. 2021 Nova, who’s in Clearwater on a minor-league deal, knows how to pitch as a veteran of 10 big league season. Anthony Stitt, Forbes, "Philadelphia Phillies Camp Will Heat Up With Battles In Center Field And In The Rotation," 25 Feb. 2021

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First Known Use of big league

1883, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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“Big league.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/big%20league. Accessed 18 Apr. 2021.

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