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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

Examples of league in a Sentence

Noun (2) a league of concerned parishioners who are seeking a greater voice in church affairs created to avert future wars, the League of Nations was a forerunner of the United Nations that falls into a different league of fiction—the popular novel 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
Recent Examples on the Web
In June the league welcomed a Miami franchise (also to the tune of $10 million) and on Thursday (July 4), the BIG3 announced that businessmen Eric Mullins and Milton Carroll had purchase the rights to a team in Houston. Gil Kaufman, Billboard, 5 July 2024 Sports rights valuations may not be entirely immune to the ravages of the Nielsen dial, but it should be noted that the subject of ratings almost never comes up during negotiations between the networks and the leagues. Anthony Crupi, Sportico.com, 5 July 2024 Akin has allowed eight of the 24 runners he’s inherited this season — slightly worse than league average — while lefties are hitting slightly better (.644 OPS) off him than righties (.609 OPS). Jacob Calvin Meyer, Baltimore Sun, 4 July 2024 Isn’t Wizards center of the future Alex Sarr about to play in the NBA’s summer league? Barry Svrluga, Washington Post, 4 July 2024 See all Example Sentences for league 

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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 18 Jul. 2024.

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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