minor league

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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

OTHER WORDS FROM minor league

minor-leaguer, noun

Definition for minor league (2 of 2)

[ mahy-ner-leeg ]
/ ˈmaɪ nərˈlig /


of or relating to a minor league.
of little import or consequence: a painter with a minor-league talent.

Origin of minor-league

An Americanism dating back to 1945–50
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British Dictionary definitions for minor league

minor league


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