1. a covenant or compact made between persons, parties, states, etc., for the promotion or maintenance of common interests or for mutual assistance or service.
  2. the aggregation of persons, parties, states, etc., associated in such a covenant or compact; confederacy.
  3. an association of individuals having a common goal.
  4. a group of athletic teams organized to promote mutual interests and to compete chiefly among themselves: a bowling league.
  5. Sports.
    1. major league.
    2. minor league.
  6. group; class; category: As a pianist he just simply isn’t in your league.

verb (used with or without object), leagued, lea·guing.

  1. to unite in a league; combine.


  1. in league, working together, often secretly or for a harmful purpose; united.


  1. a unit of distance, varying at different periods and in different countries, in English-speaking countries usually estimated roughly at 3 miles (4.8 kilometers).
  2. a square league, as a unit of land measure.


  1. an association or union of persons, nations, etc, formed to promote the interests of its members
  2. an association of sporting clubs that organizes matches between member teams of a similar standard
  3. a class, category, or levelhe is not in the same league
  4. in league working or planning together (with)
  5. (modifier) of, involving, or belonging to a leaguea league game; a league table

verb leagues, leaguing or leagued

  1. to form or be formed into a league


  1. an obsolete unit of distance of varying length. It is commonly equal to 3 miles

v.“to form a league,” 1610s, from league (n.1). Related: Leagued; leaguing. n.1“alliance,” mid-15c., ligg, from Middle French ligue “confederacy, league” (15c.), from Italian lega, from legare “to tie, to bind,” from Latin ligare “to bind” (see ligament). Originally among nations, subsequently extended to political associations (1846) and sports associations (1879). League of Nations first attested 1917 (created 1919). n.2distance of about three miles, late 14c., ultimately from Late Latin leuga (cf. French lieue, Spanish legua, Italian lega), said by Roman writers to be from Gaulish. A vague measure (perhaps originally an hour’s hike) never in official use in England, where it is recorded more often in poetic than in practical writing. see big league; in league with; in the same league.

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