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league1

[leeg] /lig/
noun
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.
6.
group; class; category:
As a pianist he just simply isn't in your league.
verb (used with or without object), leagued, leaguing.
7.
to unite in a league; combine.
Idioms
8.
in league, working together, often secretly or for a harmful purpose; united.
Origin of league1
late Middle English
1425-1475
1425-75; earlier leage < Italian lega, noun derivative of legare < Latin ligāre to bind; replacing late Middle English ligg < Middle French ligue < Italian liga, variant of lega
Synonyms
2. combination, coalition.
Synonym Study
1. See alliance.

league2

[leeg] /lig/
noun
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.
Origin
1350-1400; Middle English lege, leuge < Late Latin leuga a Gaulish unit of distance equal to 1.5 Roman miles, apparently < Gaulish; replacing Old English lēowe < Late Latin, as above
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  • As soon would I league myself with the Odomantians of Thrace!

    Philothea Lydia Maria Child
  • “I wish they may not be in league with them,” said Master Headley.

    The Armourer's Prentices Charlotte M. Yonge
  • There be seven of them in all, lying off the town of Hampton on the mainland, about a league.

  • She was confessedly in league with a gang of adventurers upon a quest for treasure.

    The Inn at the Red Oak Latta Griswold
  • Had she decoyed him to the rendezvous in the dark but to betray him to the bandits with whom she was in league?

    The Inn at the Red Oak Latta Griswold
British Dictionary definitions for league

league1

/liːɡ/
noun
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 level: he is not in the same league
4.
in league, working or planning together (with)
5.
(modifier) of, involving, or belonging to a league: a league game, a league table
verb leagues, leaguing, leagued
6.
to form or be formed into a league
Word Origin
C15: from Old French ligue, from Italian liga, ultimately from Latin ligāre to bind

league2

/liːɡ/
noun
1.
an obsolete unit of distance of varying length. It is commonly equal to 3 miles
Word Origin
C14 leuge, from Late Latin leuga, leuca, of Celtic origin
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Word Origin and History for league
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.2

distance 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.

v.

"to form a league," 1610s, from league (n.1). Related: Leagued; leaguing.

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Slang definitions & phrases for league
The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
Copyright (C) 2007 by HarperCollins Publishers.
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Idioms and Phrases with league
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