big league


: big time sense 2
often used in plural
big-league adjective
big leaguer noun

Examples of big league in a Sentence

Broadway is the big leagues, and for big bucks theatergoers expect professionalism.
Recent Examples on the Web Stone, a 25-year-old who was making his seventh career big league start and 11th appearance, struck out four, walked one and threw first-pitch strikes to 18 of 25 batters. Mike Digiovanna, Los Angeles Times, 14 Apr. 2024 On April 15, 1966, in his big league debut, Peterson pitched the Yankees to their first victory of the season, beating the Baltimore Orioles. Bruce Weber, New York Times, 13 Apr. 2024 The Nationals scratched starting pitcher Josiah Gray before the game and replaced him with Triple-A right-hander Joan Adon, who entered with a career 6.66 ERA in 35 big league appearances. Jason Mastrodonato, The Mercury News, 10 Apr. 2024 The right-handed slugger arrived on the scene with a flourish in August 2017, hitting 11 homers in his first 18 big league games. Ronald Blum, USA TODAY, 24 Jan. 2024 Bally’s only on-air change: Former big league catcher Alex Avila will appear on some pre-game and postgame shows. Barry Jackson, Miami Herald, 29 Mar. 2024 Last August, however, the group lived out a Strat player’s wildest dream: playing at an actual big league ballpark. Laurence Miedema, The Mercury News, 26 Mar. 2024 Burnes is the ace the Orioles need, and while Hall and Ortiz are high-floor prospects with big league careers ahead of them, Baltimore gets a Cy Young winner for 2024 as the club pushes for another American League East crown. Baltimore Sun Staff, Baltimore Sun, 1 Feb. 2024 Candelario has played in 746 big league games, and no other Reds position player has appeared in more than 380 games. Charlie Goldsmith, The Enquirer, 25 Jan. 2024

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Word History

First Known Use

1883, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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The first known use of big league was in 1883

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Cite this Entry

“Big league.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 24 Apr. 2024.

Kids Definition

big league

: the highest level especially in baseball
big-league adjective
big leaguer noun
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