noun (1)
\ˈlēg \

Definition of league 

(Entry 1 of 3)

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

2 : a square league


noun (2)

Definition of league (Entry 2 of 3)

1a : an association of nations or other political entities for a common purpose the League of Nations the League of Voters

b(1) : an association of persons or groups united by common interests or goals He organized a bowling league.

(2) : a group of sports teams that regularly play one another the National Football League

c : an informal alliance in league with her sister

2 : class, category When I played chess with George, I knew I was out of my league.


leagued; leaguing

Definition of league (Entry 3 of 3)

transitive verb

: to unite in a league

intransitive verb

: to form a league

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Examples of league in a Sentence


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

First Known Use of league

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

History and Etymology for league

Noun (1)

Middle English leuge, lege, from Late Latin leuga

Noun (2)

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


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

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Kids Definition of league

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1 : a group of nations working together for a common purpose

2 : an association of persons or groups with common interests or goals a softball league

3 : an unofficial association or agreement He was in league with the thieves.

4 : a class or category of a certain quality or type When it comes to playing chess, I am not in the same league as the experienced players.



Kids Definition of league (Entry 2 of 2)

: any of several old units of distance from about 2.4 to 4.6 miles (3.9 to 7.4 kilometers)

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