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minor-league

[mahy-ner-leeg]
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adjective
  1. of or relating to a minor league.
  2. of little import or consequence: a painter with a minor-league talent.
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Origin of minor-league

An Americanism dating back to 1945–50

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2. insignificant, lesser, second-rate.

minor league

noun
  1. any association of professional sports teams other than the major leagues, especially when the member teams are associated with or controlled by major-league teams, which use them as training and proving teams for promising players.
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Origin of minor league

An Americanism dating back to 1880–85
Related formsmi·nor-lea·guer, noun
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minor league

noun
  1. US and Canadian any professional league in baseball other than a major leagueCompare major league
  2. (modifier) of relatively little importancethat firm is very minor league
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