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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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 That Sunday afternoon, Willie slugged four home runs to tie the major league record. Los Angeles Times, "Dodgers Dugout: When is the season going to start?," 7 May 2020 Rickey Henderson of the Oakland A’s set a major league record by stealing his 939th base during a game against the New York Yankees. BostonGlobe.com, "This day in history," 1 May 2020 His overall major league managing record was 170-213 and his greater contribution in the pros was with the Montreal Expos as a coach, in player development and as a television analyst through 1993. Jeff Metcalfe, azcentral, "Bobby Winkles, former Arizona State baseball coaching great, dies at 90," 17 Apr. 2020 In what was believed to be the first major league game played without fans in attendance, Chris Davis hit a three-run homer in a six-run first inning and the Baltimore Orioles beat the Chicago White Sox 8-2. BostonGlobe.com, "This day in history," 29 Apr. 2020 For more than a century and a half, Emmanuel’s brick profile has been a landmark in a sleepy town whose claims to fame are two major league baseball players and the inventor of the fun house mirror. National Geographic, "THE BEST OF NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC DELIVERED TO YOUR INBOX," 9 Apr. 2020 Bautista, famous for his epic bat flip on a tie-breaking three-run homer in Game 5 of the 2015 ALDS against Texas, has not played in a major league game since Sept. 30 of 2018. Lex Pryor, USA TODAY, "Jose Bautista attempting MLB comeback as two-way player, per report," 2 Mar. 2020 Ray was pitching on the back fields because the Diamondbacks were facing the Dodgers in the major league game. Nick Piecoro, azcentral, "Arizona Diamondbacks prospect Geraldo Perdomo hopes added strength translates into power," 29 Feb. 2020 Emmett Ashford led the way for black umpires There have been about 10 black umpires to officiate major league games, according to the Associated Press, which first broke the news about Danley's appointment. Alicia Lee, CNN, "MLB makes history by naming its first black and Latino-born umpire crew chiefs," 27 Feb. 2020

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First Known Use of major league

1888, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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“Major league.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/major%20league. Accessed 2 Jun. 2020.

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