league

1
[ leeg ]
/ lig /

noun

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

to unite in a league; combine.

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Idioms for league

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

Origin of league

1
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

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1. See alliance.

Definition for league (2 of 2)

league2
[ leeg ]
/ lig /

noun

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, estimated roughly at 4,428 acres (1,791.9 hectares).

Origin of league

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First recorded in 1350–1400; Middle English lege, leghe, leuge, from Old French legue, from Late Latin leuga, leuca, a Gaulish unit of distance equal to 1.5 Roman miles, apparently from Gaulish; (compare Breton leó, leu, lev “league”)
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British Dictionary definitions for league (1 of 2)

league1
/ (liːɡ) /

noun

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

verb leagues, leaguing or leagued

to form or be formed into a league

Word Origin for league

C15: from Old French ligue, from Italian liga, ultimately from Latin ligāre to bind

British Dictionary definitions for league (2 of 2)

league2
/ (liːɡ) /

noun

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

Word Origin for league

C14 leuge, from Late Latin leuga, leuca, of Celtic origin
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Idioms and Phrases with league

league

see big league; in league with; in the same league.

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