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noun (1)

: any of various units of distance from about 2.4 to 4.6 statute miles (3.9 to 7.4 kilometers)
: a square league


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noun (2)

: an association of nations or other political entities for a common purpose
the League of Nations
the League of Voters
: an association of persons or groups united by common interests or goals
He organized a bowling league.
: a group of sports teams that regularly play one another
the National Football League
: an informal alliance
in league with her sister
: class, category
When I played chess with George, I knew I was out of my league.


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leagued; leaguing

transitive verb

: to unite in a league

intransitive verb

: to form a league

Example Sentences

Verb the whole block leagued together to keep a liquor store from opening in their neighborhood some unlikely political bedfellows leagued together to get the bill passed
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Word History


Noun (1)

Middle English leuge, lege, from Late Latin leuga

Noun (2) and Verb

Middle English (Scots) ligg, from Middle French ligue, from Old Italian liga, from ligare to bind, from Latin — more at ligature

First Known Use

Noun (1)

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Noun (2)

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1a


1604, in the meaning defined at transitive sense

Time Traveler
The first known use of league was in the 14th century

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Cite this Entry

“League.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/league. Accessed 31 Mar. 2023.

Kids Definition


1 of 2 noun
: any of various units of distance from about 2.4 to 4.6 statute miles (3.9 to 7.4 kilometers)


2 of 2 noun
: an association or alliance of nations
: an association of persons or groups united for common interests or goals
a softball league
league verb

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