major league

noun

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

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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Stranger things have happened, like a 45-year-old 285-pounder still pitching effectively in the major leagues. Jeff Wilson, star-telegram, "Rangers Reaction: Were Rangers trying to save Choo’s streak by not using him to hit late?," 11 July 2018 Despite Machado’s efforts, the Orioles are last in the major leagues in both batting average and on-base percentage. Noah Trister, The Seattle Times, "Dreadful Orioles bringing back memories of ’88," 9 July 2018 The Orioles have walked only 242 times, fourth fewest in the major leagues. The Baltimore Sun, baltimoresun.com, "Orioles on deck: What to watch Sunday at Twins, plus lineups, broadcast info and more," 8 July 2018 Some seven months ago, fresh off his first season in the major leagues, Bonifacio returned home to play winter baseball in the Dominican Republic. Maria Torres, kansascity, "'I never expected that result': Royals' Jorge Bonifacio opens up about his suspension," 30 June 2018 Kocis took batting practice Sunday morning at Mulcahy and was put to work later in the day hanging up decorative tarps that display photos of Glacier Pilots who made it to the major leagues. Beth Bragg, Anchorage Daily News, "Alaska’s boys of summer are back, and they begin playing baseball Tuesday," 5 June 2018 Weber aspires to one day play in the major leagues, but would rather spend his college-aged years on a campus instead of toiling in the minor leagues. Adam Zuvanich, San Antonio Express-News, "Rocket-armed Weber skipping draft to study rocket science," 22 May 2018 Number of innings the Marlins have pitched this season, the most in the major leagues. Matthew Defranks, Sun-Sentinel.com, "A Closer Look: Miami Marlins 5, Milwaukee Brewers 4 (12 innings)," 12 July 2018 Being a one-way player in the major leagues isn’t quite as impressive as being a two-way player, as Shohei Ohtani was for the first two months of the season, when the Angels rookie wowed baseball with his pitching and hitting prowess. Mike Digiovanna, latimes.com, "Shohei Ohtani comes through in a pinch against Dodgers," 9 July 2018

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First Known Use of major league

1888, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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