major league

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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.



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Origin of major league

An Americanism dating back to 1880–85

OTHER WORDS FROM major league

major-leaguer, noun

Definition for major league (2 of 2)

[ mey-jer-leeg ]
/ ˈmeɪ dʒərˈlig /


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
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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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