- a covenant or compact made between persons, parties, states, etc., for the promotion or maintenance of common interests or for mutual assistance or service.
- the aggregation of persons, parties, states, etc., associated in such a covenant or compact; confederacy.
- an association of individuals having a common goal.
- a group of athletic teams organized to promote mutual interests and to compete chiefly among themselves: a bowling league.
- group; class; category: As a pianist he just simply isn't in your league.
- to unite in a league; combine.
- in league, working together, often secretly or for a harmful purpose; united.
Origin of league1
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- 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).
- a square league, as a unit of land measure.
Origin of league2
Examples from the Web for league
But as an American creating a new brand here, and living the daily life of the souk, he seems to be in a league of his own.The Photographer Who Gave Up Manhattan for Marrakech
January 6, 2015
I spoke to the League of Women Voters, a pretty liberal group... I still went and spoke to them.No. 3 Republican Admits Talking to White Supremacist Conference
December 30, 2014
And as far as security at the screenings goes, League says his theaters have taken the necessary precautions.
The Daily Beast spoke to a jubilant League on Tuesday about the behind-the-scenes battle to get The Interview to movie theaters.
According to League, Alamo Drafthouse was actively working with Sony on Monday on the possibility of screening The Interview.
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.The Works of Whittier, Volume V (of VII)
John Greenleaf Whittier
She was confessedly in league with a gang of adventurers upon a quest for treasure.
Had she decoyed him to the rendezvous in the dark but to betray him to the bandits with whom she was in league?
- an association or union of persons, nations, etc, formed to promote the interests of its members
- an association of sporting clubs that organizes matches between member teams of a similar standard
- a class, category, or levelhe is not in the same league
- in league working or planning together (with)
- (modifier) of, involving, or belonging to a leaguea league game; a league table
- to form or be formed into a league
- an obsolete unit of distance of varying length. It is commonly equal to 3 miles
Word Origin and History for league
"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).
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.
"to form a league," 1610s, from league (n.1). Related: Leagued; leaguing.