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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On July 6, Renfroe had 27 homers and was hitting them more frequently than any player in the major leagues (once every 9.7 at-bats). Kevin Acee, San Diego Union-Tribune, "Padres notes: Outfield competition wide open; Tatis wants to play winter ball; full pen," 7 Sep. 2019 He was called up to the major leagues in September of the Orioles’ 1966 world championship season and pitched complete-game shutouts in each of his first two big league appearances. Baltimore Sun Staff, baltimoresun.com, "Orioles pitcher Tom Phoebus, the ‘Fireplug’ who won Game 2 of the 1970 World Series, dies at 77," 7 Sep. 2019 LeMahieu’s on pace to become the first player in major league history to win undisputed batting titles in both the National League and the American League. Joe Nguyen, The Denver Post, "Rockies Insider: DJ LeMahieu on track to become first player to win undisputed batting titles in both leagues," 5 Sep. 2019 No one has had a better knack for the moment: Alonso leads the major leagues in game-tying and go-ahead home runs (20). Stephanie Apstein, SI.com, "Never Mind He's on the Mets. Pete Alonso Is the Happiest Man in Baseball," 5 Sep. 2019 The BayBears franchise has been home to several major league all-stars, including Justin Upton, Paul Goldschmidt, Trevor Bauer and three-time Cy Young award winner Max Scherzer. al, "BayBears bid farewell to Mobile to become Rocket City Trash Pandas," 2 Sep. 2019 Right-hander Tim Melville, a 29-year-old minor league journeyman making his fourth career major league start, held the Diamondbacks to two hits across seven innings to pick up his first career win. Nick Piecoro, azcentral, "Arizona Diamondbacks turn in another ‘clunker’ in loss to Rockies," 21 Aug. 2019 Or Satchel Paige, who had to wait until his forties for the major leagues to integrate and give him his rightful chance—and then refused to walk away, pitching his final three innings, for the Kansas City A’s, at the age of fifty-eight. Ian Crouch, The New Yorker, "Jim Bouton Was Baseball’s Misunderstood Evangelist," 11 July 2019 This won't be Harry's first foray into the world of major league baseball. Maggie Maloney, Town & Country, "Prince Harry Will Attend a Baseball Game Between the Yankees and Red Sox in London," 21 June 2019

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First Known Use of major league

1888, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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