What does league mean?

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. league, conferencenoun

    an association of sports teams that organizes matches for its members

  2. leaguenoun

    an association of states or organizations or individuals for common action

  3. leagueverb

    an obsolete unit of distance of variable length (usually 3 miles)

  4. leagueverb

    unite to form a league


  1. Leaguenoun

    Specifically: (Sports) An association of sports teams that establishes rules of play, decides questions of membership in the league, and organizes matches between the member teams. In some cases a sports league is called a conference, as in the National Football Conference.


  1. leaguenoun

    A group or association of cooperating members.

    The Red-headed League in Sherlock Holmes stories.

  2. leaguenoun

    An organization of sports teams which play against one another for a championship.

    My favorite sports organizations are the National Football League and the American League in baseball.

  3. leaguenoun

    The distance that a person can walk in one hour, commonly taken to be approximately three English miles (about five kilometers).

  4. leagueverb

    To form an association.

  5. Etymology: ligg, from ligue, from lega, from the verb legare, from ligo.

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. Leaguenoun

    Etymology: ligue, French; ligo, Latin.

    You peers, continue this united league:
    I every day expect an embassage
    From my Redeemer, to redeem me hence.
    And now in peace my soul shall part to heav’n,
    Since I have made my friends at peace on earth. William Shakespeare.

    We come to be informed by yourselves,
    What the conditions of that league must be. William Shakespeare.

    Thou shalt be in league with the stones of the field; and the beasts of the field shall be at peace with thee. Job v. 23.

    Go break thy league with Baasha, that he may depart from me. 2 Chron. xvi. 3.

    It is a great error, and a narrowness of mind, to think, that nations have nothing to do one with another, except there be either an union in sovereignty, or a conjunction in pacts or leagues: there are other bands of society and implicit confederations. Francis Bacon, Holy War.

    I, a private person, whom my country
    As a league breaker gave up bound, presum’d
    Single rebellion, and did hostile acts. John Milton, Agonistes.

    Oh Tyrians, with immortal hate
    Pursue this race: let there be
    ’Twixt us and them no league nor amity. John Denham.

  2. Leaguenoun

    1.A league; leuca, Latin; from lech, Welsh; a stone that was used to be erected at the end of every league. William Camden

    Etymology: ligue, French; ligo, Latin.

    Ere the ships could meet by twice five leagues,
    We were encount’red by a mighty rock. William Shakespeare.

    Ev’n Italy, though many a league remote,
    In distant echo’s answer’d. Addison.

  3. To Leagueverb

    To unite; to confederate.

    Where fraud and falshood invade society, the band presently breaks, and men are put to a loss where to league and to fasten their dependances. Robert South, Sermons.


  1. league

    A league is a collection or association of individuals, teams, or organizations that come together for a shared purpose or pursuit, often related to sports or competition. It operates under its own rules and regulations. Alternatively, it can refer to a unit of length, commonly used in the context of maritime and geographical measurements.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Leaguenoun

    a measure of length or distance, varying in different countries from about 2.4 to 4.6 English statute miles of 5.280 feet each, and used (as a land measure) chiefly on the continent of Europe, and in the Spanish parts of America. The marine league of England and the United States is equal to three marine, or geographical, miles of 6080 feet each

  2. Leaguenoun

    a stone erected near a public road to mark the distance of a league

  3. Leaguenoun

    an alliance or combination of two or more nations, parties, or persons, for the accomplishment of a purpose which requires a continued course of action, as for mutual defense, or for furtherance of commercial, religious, or political interests, etc

  4. Leagueverb

    to unite in a league or confederacy; to combine for mutual support; to confederate

  5. Leagueverb

    to join in a league; to cause to combine for a joint purpose; to combine; to unite; as, common interests will league heterogeneous elements

  6. Etymology: [F. ligue, LL. liga, fr. L. ligare to bind; cf. Sp. liga. Cf. Ally a confederate, Ligature.]


  1. League

    A league is a unit of length. It was long common in Europe and Latin America, but it is no longer an official unit in any nation. The league originally referred to the distance a person could walk in an hour. Since the Middle Ages, many values have been specified in several countries. In the context of nautical distances, the 3 mile distance corresponds to how far an observer of average height can see when standing at sea level. Thus, a ship traveling one "league" has reached what was previously the farthest visible distance on the horizon. The lack of a historical and global standard for the exact measure of a "league" can be accounted for by the variable elevation of the observer.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. League

    lēg, n. a nautical measure, 120th of a degree, 3 geographical miles, 3.456 statute miles: an old measure of length, varying from the Roman league, 1.376 mod. Eng. miles, to the French, 2.764 miles, and the Spanish, 4.214 miles. [O. Fr. legue (Fr. lieue)—L. leuca, a Gallic mile of 1500 Roman paces; from the Celt., as in Bret. leó.]

  2. League

    lēg, n. a bond or alliance: union for mutual advantage.—v.i. to form a league: to unite for mutual interest:—pr.p. leag′uing; pa.t. and pa.p. leagued.—n. Leag′uer, one connected with a league. [Fr. ligue—Low L. liga—L. ligāre, to bind.]

Dictionary of Nautical Terms

  1. league

    A confederacy; an alliance. Also, a measure of length consisting of three nautical miles, much used in estimating sea-distances; = 3041 fathoms.

Military Dictionary and Gazetteer

  1. league

    A measure of length or distance, equal, in England and the United States, to three geographical miles.

  2. league

    See Holy League.

Surnames Frequency by Census Records


    According to the U.S. Census Bureau, League is ranked #13795 in terms of the most common surnames in America.

    The League surname appeared 2,192 times in the 2010 census and if you were to sample 100,000 people in the United States, approximately 1 would have the surname League.

    88.4% or 1,938 total occurrences were White.
    6.2% or 136 total occurrences were Black.
    2.4% or 53 total occurrences were of Hispanic origin.
    2.2% or 49 total occurrences were of two or more races.
    0.4% or 10 total occurrences were Asian.
    0.2% or 6 total occurrences were American Indian or Alaskan Native.

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British National Corpus

  1. Spoken Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'league' in Spoken Corpus Frequency: #1208

  2. Written Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'league' in Written Corpus Frequency: #1868

  3. Nouns Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'league' in Nouns Frequency: #558

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of league in Chaldean Numerology is: 5

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of league in Pythagorean Numerology is: 6

Examples of league in a Sentence

  1. Major League Baseball:

    With respect to the Venezuelan Winter League, MLB will suspend its involvement in that league until it receives direction from the relevant agencies that participation by affiliated players is consistent with the Executive Order.

  2. Jackson Tuwei:

    If that is the requirement for us to go to Rio, we shall fully cooperate. We have always done our best in the fight against doping, the team we shall select for the Rio Olympics, will be tested fully, just as much as those who participate in the Diamond League are regularly tested.

  3. Mike White:

    We’ll go day-to-day but anything is possible, it goes back to that whole theory of, the difference between player A and player Z is an opportunity and reps. That’s what this league is. That’s professional sports.

  4. Kobe Bryant:

    I'm looking around the room and I'm seeing guys that I am playing with and tearing the league up that were four when I was in my first All-Star game, i'm really just enjoying this whole thing being around the players, talking to them one more time.

  5. Mike Conley:

    This is a very special group. It starts with our stars, Rudy (Gobert) and Don, two of the most unselfish stars you’re going to find in the league, and that kind of just trickles down to every player on our roster. We just sacrifice for each other.

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    used of men; markedly masculine in appearance or manner
    • A. butch
    • B. equivalent
    • C. eminent
    • D. indiscernible

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