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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Prince Harry is about to take on a very American royal engagement: on June 29, the Duke of Sussex is scheduled to attend a major league baseball game in London. Maggie Maloney, Town & Country, "Prince Harry Will Attend a Baseball Game Between the Yankees and Red Sox in London," 21 June 2019 England has also become the most competitive major league in Europe. 1843, "A league of their own: how English clubs conquered Europe," 7 June 2019 Ballouchy, who is Moroccan, spent 11 years playing major league soccer. Nina Strochlic, National Geographic, "Soccer offers kids an outlet in this refugee camp," 3 Apr. 2019 Ortiz, considered a near lock for baseball’s Hall of Fame after a 20-year career, is revered in New England and the Dominican Republic, which has sent scores of players to the major leagues. Washington Post, "Quick work, luck saved Red Sox slugger Ortiz, surgeons say in first interview," 14 June 2019 Still, Marshall had some great moments in the major leagues. Rich Archbold, The Mercury News, "Former San Francisco Giant Dave Marshall dies less than 48 hours after his wife," 14 June 2019 He was being promoted to the major leagues for the first time. Chandler Rome, Houston Chronicle, "Rogelio Armenteros gives Astros bullpen some relief, team more Cuban flavor," 14 June 2019 Their father, Mauro, pitched in the major leagues for four teams over six seasons from 1989 to 1994. Christopher Dabe, nola.com, "Another Tulane player goes pro: Sal Gozzo leaves school early, signs with Phillies," 11 June 2019 The stretch covers 21 starts — 14 of them with Tampa Bay since signing as a free agent — and is the longest active streak in the major leagues ahead of Milwaukee Davies, who’s 7-0 over his past 14 starts. Fred Goodall, orlandosentinel.com, "Charlie Morton pitches Rays to 6-2 victory over Oakland and into first place in AL East," 11 June 2019

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First Known Use of major league

1888, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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