Sports. of, relating to, or characteristic of the major leagues.
belonging to or among the best or most important of its kind: a major-league orchestra.

Origin of major-league

An Americanism dating back to 1905–10

major league


either of the two main professional baseball leagues in the U.S.
a league of corresponding stature in certain other sports, as ice hockey, football, or basketball.

Origin of major league

An Americanism dating back to 1880–85
Related formsma·jor-lea·guer, noun Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for major-league

Contemporary Examples of major-league

Historical Examples of major-league

  • He would own one major-league team, at least; perhaps three or four.

    Bunker Bean

    Harry Leon Wilson

British Dictionary definitions for major-league

major league


US and Canadian a league of highest classification in baseball, football, hockey, etc
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