big league

noun

Definition of big league

2 : big time sense 2 often used in plural

Keep scrolling for more

Other Words from big league

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

Synonyms for big league

Synonyms

Visit the Thesaurus for More 

Examples of big league in a Sentence

Broadway is the big leagues, and for big bucks theatergoers expect professionalism.
Recent Examples on the Web Bush, 39, pitched in the big leagues for the Blue Jays, Brewers, and Rangers for parts of nine years, going 56-69 with a 4.73 ERA. BostonGlobe.com, "The Red Sox finalized an agreement to elevate minor league pitching coordinator of performance Dave Bush to the role of pitching coach, according to a major league source.," 1 Nov. 2019 Timmy, this was his third full year in the big leagues. Lamond Pope, chicagotribune.com, "4 ways Frank Menechino hopes to make an impact as White Sox hitting coach, including embracing a ‘2-strike approach’," 15 Oct. 2019 Griffin had to play the Korn Ferry Tour last year to earn his card back, and his goal on a second try in the big leagues was consistent high finishes and playing in the final group at least once. San Diego Union-Tribune, "Lanto Griffin saves par on last hole to win Houston Open," 13 Oct. 2019 Cole topped the majors with 326 strikeouts this season, led the AL with a 2.50 ERA and posted 20 wins, one behind Verlander for most in the big leagues. Washington Post, "Cole, Astros beat Rays 6-1 in ALDS Game 5; Yankees next," 11 Oct. 2019 Cole topped the majors with 326 strikeouts this season, led the AL with a 2.50 ERA and posted 20 wins, one behind Verlander for most in the big leagues. Kristie Rieken, orlandosentinel.com, "Cole, Astros beat Rays 6-1 in Game 5, await Yankees in ALCS," 10 Oct. 2019 Cole topped the majors with 326 strikeouts this season, led the AL with a 2.50 ERA and posted 20 wins, one behind Verlander for most in the big leagues. Kristie Rieken, baltimoresun.com, "Gerrit Cole’s gem lifts Astros over Rays, 6-1, in Game 5, setting up ALCS showdown vs. Yankees," 10 Oct. 2019 There is certainly room for players like that in the big leagues. Anthony Fenech, Detroit Free Press, "Detroit Tigers' Harold Castro, Victor Reyes proving themselves for roster spots in 2020," 16 Sep. 2019 Walker hasn’t pitched in the big leagues this year. Nick Piecoro, azcentral, "Diamondbacks sticking with struggling Merrill Kelly in rotation," 25 Aug. 2019

These example sentences are selected automatically from various online news sources to reflect current usage of the word 'big league.' Views expressed in the examples do not represent the opinion of Merriam-Webster or its editors. Send us feedback.

See More

First Known Use of big league

1883, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Keep scrolling for more

More from Merriam-Webster on big league

Thesaurus: All synonyms and antonyms for big league

Comments on big league

What made you want to look up big league? Please tell us where you read or heard it (including the quote, if possible).

WORD OF THE DAY

to speed up the process or progress of

Get Word of the Day daily email!

Test Your Vocabulary

Pass the Little Ribbons: A Pasta Word Quiz

  • pasta resembling wheels with spokes
  • Match the pasta to its meaning in English: Rotelle
Spell It

Can you spell these 10 commonly misspelled words?

TAKE THE QUIZ
Syn City

Test Your Knowledge - and learn some interesting things along the way.

TAKE THE QUIZ
Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!