major league


Definition of major league

1 : a league of highest classification in U.S. professional baseball broadly : a league of major importance in any of various sports

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Other Words from major league

major-league adjective
major leaguer noun

Synonyms for major league


big league(s), big time, big(s)

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Examples of major league in a Sentence

when you've landed a tenure-track position at that university, you're playing in the major leagues

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Now 34, the five-time All-Star has not played in the major leagues since July 2017. Mark Didtler, The Seattle Times, "Yankees’ Tulowitzki hits in first simulated game," 20 Feb. 2019 Dozier, a second baseman, has been one of the best power-hitting second basemen in the major leagues but is having a down year at the plate with a .223 average, 14 homers and 39 RBI coming into Wednesday. Todd Rosiak, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Marlins 5, Brewers 4: Offense can't rescue Peralta in extra-inning loss," 11 July 2018 At a booth nearby, Stance Socks, which provides the official sock of the major leagues, was unveiling its goofy mascot line, including a knee-high number with Wally the Green Monster. Janelle Nanos,, "The crowd goes wild: After years of traditional fan gear, MLB is letting its freak flag fly," 29 June 2018 Executives wanted a way to keep the major league stadiums in use if the games ended, so scouts went hunting for female players. Jennifer Billock, Smithsonian, "Catch a Game at These Still-Functional All-American Girls Professional Baseball League Ballparks This Summer," 29 June 2018 All six members of the Pittsburgh Pirates organization who were selected to play in the Futures Game from 2013 to 2016 have suited up at the major league level for some team since that appearance. Jordan Guskey, Indianapolis Star, "Mitch Keller excited to represent Indianapolis Indians in Futures Game," 13 July 2018 The White Sox are one of major league baseball’s worst teams — 26-51 after Monday night — and have a 6-foot-3 fireballer in their minor-league system. Chapel Fowler, charlotteobserver, "White Sox prospect Michael Kopech stopped listening, went from struggling to sizzling," 27 June 2018 He was taken in the 13th round of the '09 draft after being named the organizations minor league player of the year in 2010, made his major league debut in 2011. Stefan Stevenson, star-telegram, "TCU Power Index: All-Star Matt Carpenter remains face of Cardinals' franchise," 21 June 2018 McCutchen has 223 homers, a .287 average and 790 RBIs in 10 major league seasons. Ronald Blum, The Seattle Times, "AP source: McCutchen, Phillies agree to $50M, 3-year deal," 11 Dec. 2018

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First Known Use of major league

1888, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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