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  1. a member of a league.
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Origin of leaguer1

First recorded in 1585–95; league1 + -er1


verb (used with object)
  1. to besiege.
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  1. a siege.
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Origin of leaguer2

First recorded in 1590–1600, leaguer is from the Dutch word leger army, camp. See lair1
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Historical Examples

  • I will get me gone with an Orleans, a Kaiserlik, or a Schmalkaldner leaguer before that.

    The Fifth Queen Crowned

    Ford Madox Ford

  • They rode from Philadelphia to the leaguer around Boston in thirteen days.

    Benjamin Franklin

    John Torrey Morse, Jr.

  • Tighe went out on a Texas leaguer that was gathered in by Larry.

  • Well did the Cid surround it; till the leaguer closed about.

    The Lay of the Cid

    R. Selden Rose

  • No, it is my friends who say, Brother Gorenflot—a fine name for a leaguer, is it not?

    Chicot the Jester

    Alexandre Dumas, Pere

British Dictionary definitions for leaguer


noun archaic
  1. an encampment, esp of besiegers
  2. the siege itself
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Word Origin

C16: from Dutch leger siege; related to lair 1


  1. mainly US and Canadian a member of a league
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