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minor league


[ mahy-ner leeg ]


, Sports.
  1. any association of professional teams other than the major leagues, as in baseball, 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.



[ mahy-ner-leeg ]


  1. Sports. of or relating to the minor leagues, especially in baseball.
  2. Informal. of little import or consequence:

    a painter with minor-league talent.

    Synonyms: second-rate, lesser, insignificant

minor league


  1. any professional league in baseball other than a major league Compare major league
  2. modifier of relatively little importance

    that firm is very minor league

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Other Words From

  • minor lea·guer mi·nor-lea·guer noun

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Word History and Origins

Origin of minor league1

An Americanism dating back to 1880–85

Origin of minor league2

An Americanism dating back to 1930–35; adjective use of minor league ( def )

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Example Sentences

Gerardo Parra gets minor league deal and spring training invite with NationalsSean Doolittle, now headed to the Reds, loved Washington.

For a moment, it seemed like the aggressiveness from minor league teams was about to backfire.

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Washington took him in the second round of the 2014 draft, and he spent five seasons in the minor leagues while waiting for a chance to crack the Capitals’ roster.

It is the birthplace of Robert Moses “Lefty” Grove, a Hall of Fame pitcher who at one point played in Baltimore for a minor league team called the Orioles.

The coronavirus pandemic led to a full cancellation of the minor league season in 2020.

Yes, the minor-league baseball player memorably portrayed by Kevin Costner in Bull Durham.

A former baseball player sues for a minor league living wage.

Richardson found other coaching jobs but never in the NBA, he was been a career minor league head coach.

Here he celebrates the heyday of Birmingham's minor league team, the Barons.

The state of Georgia once had twenty-two minor-league towns; now it has only three.

Lemblow was a minor-league pitcher who had long wanted to get a chance to play with the Giants.

All were jubilant that they had escaped the humiliation of being whipped by a minor league team.

Mr. Stokowski's doings of the last few years can no longer be classed as minor-league musical sensations.

We start north to-morrow, went on McRae, in two lots, playing minor league teams on the way to keep in practice.

So, when Joe received an offer from the manager of one of the minor league professional teams, he took it.





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