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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major-league \ ˈmā-​jər-​ˈlēg How to pronounce major-league (audio) \ adjective
major leaguer noun

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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
Recent Examples on the Web In time, the Detroit Tigers’ organizational focus will return to the major leagues. Anthony Fenech, Detroit Free Press, "Why the Detroit Tigers are dealing with a minor-league shake-up," 12 Jan. 2020 New York starters had a 4.51 ERA, 15th in the major leagues, well behind the elite staffs of Los Angeles Dodgers (3.11) and pennant-winning Washington (3.53) and Houston (3.61). San Diego Union-Tribune, "Yankees need ace like Gerrit Cole as they pivot toward 2020," 20 Oct. 2019 The Indian Premier League, the T20 domestic league in India, is by far the fastest growing major league of any sport, says Mr Matheson. The Economist, "Competition between sports for fans’ money and attention is increasingly fierce," 5 Oct. 2019 The signatures link generations, tying together players from decades of the past and present all at the oldest stadium in the major leagues. Kerry Crowley, The Mercury News, "My trip inside the Green Monster at Fenway Park with Bruce Bochy," 19 Sep. 2019 Walker played in only 1,988 major league games, fewer than all but two position players elected by the writers since 1970: Mike Piazza, a catcher, and Kirby Puckett, whose career ended abruptly because of glaucoma. Tyler Kepner, New York Times, "Larry Walker Played Like a Hall of Famer, Through Thick and Thin Air," 27 Dec. 2019 Until Sunday night, Mr. Trump hadn't attended a major league game as president even though the White House is a few miles northwest of Nationals Park. CBS News, "Trump booed at World Series and chants of "Lock him up!" break out," 29 Oct. 2019 Drake, 50, has worked spring training or regular-season major league games since 1999 and joined the big league staff in 2010. NBC News, "MLB umpire apologizes for #MAGA tweet about gun and Trump critics," 25 Oct. 2019 Trump played high school baseball at the New York Military Academy and has thrown out the ceremonial first pitch at major league games. Kevin Freking, The Denver Post, "President Trump says he’ll attend World Series if it goes to Game 5," 24 Oct. 2019

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First Known Use of major league

1888, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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“Major league.” The Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., Accessed 28 January 2020.

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