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

Synonyms for major league

Synonyms

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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Boston is set to lead the major leagues in payroll for the second straight year, followed by the Chicago Cubs and New York Yankees. Ronald Blum, The Seattle Times, "AP study: MLB average salary on track for 2nd straight drop," 26 Mar. 2019 Like Betances, most pitchers enter the major leagues with little hitting experience, with the DH now ubiquitous in nearly every level of baseball around the world, including in high school and college. Jared Diamond, WSJ, "Major League Baseball Is Moving Closer to a Universal Designated Hitter," 18 July 2018 La Stella leads the major leagues with 13 pinch hits. Mark Gonzales, chicagotribune.com, "Jon Lester expects great plays from Cubs' exceptional defensive players," 20 June 2018 This has nothing to do with his own numbers, leading the major leagues in everything from homers (23), runs (60), total bases (176), extra-base hits (42), walks (62), and a mind-blowing 1.152 on base plus slugging percentage. Bob Nightengale, USA TODAY, "As Angels struggle amid Mike Trout's greatest season, one number - 2020 - looms larger," 19 June 2018 In an era that celebrates the strikeout, Trout has more walks than strikeouts and leads the major leagues in home runs. Bill Shaikin, latimes.com, "Mike Trout is a tough out, as the Diamondbacks learn the hard way," 19 June 2018 Clair’s aspirations for his son didn’t include the major leagues at the time. Eduardo A. Encina, baltimoresun.com, "Father's Day: Orioles' Kevin Gausman learns lessons in persistence, passion from his dad," 17 June 2018 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

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First Known Use of major league

1888, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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