- 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
- 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 leagues
The thefts left three of the leagues in such sorry financial shape that it seemed the kids might not be able to play this spring.There is No Stealing in Baseball!
April 13, 2014
The pressures upon players are enormous, but the leagues themselves are to a certain degree complicit.Maybe We Should Just Legalize Steroids for Pro Athletes
March 3, 2014
The legislation eliminated competition between the two leagues for talent, and established a 24-team entity, and the Super Bowl.The Presidents Who Made America’s Sports
February 17, 2014
But the resort areas have not been free of the Leagues for the Protection of the Revolution.Tunisia’s Dark Turn
March 17, 2013
The way Brazil dispatches soccer players to leagues around the world, the U.S. loans out monetary experts to other countries.Hey America, Where Are You? U.S. Has Slim Presence at Davos
January 23, 2013
He could smell Indians in hiding and wood smoke three leagues away.The Trail Book
The tone was formal, and put Payne ten thousand leagues away from her.Quaint Courtships
Immediately they were a thousand leagues from the Africa they knew.The Leopard Woman
Stewart Edward White
It was but two leagues now to the beloved city in which he had been young.Casanova's Homecoming
He retired to a place named Boya, a dozen leagues from the capital.
- 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 leagues
"to form a league," 1610s, from league (n.1). Related: Leagued; leaguing.
"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.
Idioms and Phrases with leagues
see big league; in league with; in the same league.