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Distribution of usage frequency for the most common synonyms of the noun league:

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Definition of the noun league

What does league mean as a name of something?

League is one of the top 1000 most common nouns in the English language.

noun - plural: leagues

  1. an association of sports teams that organizes matches for its members
  2. an association of states or organizations or individuals for common action
    • lexical domain: Groups - nouns denoting groupings of people or objects
    • more generic word: union = a political unit formed from previously independent people or organizations
    • more specific terms: League of Iroquois / Iroquois League / Five Nations / Six Nations = a league of Iroquois tribes including originally the Mohawk, Oneida, Onondaga, Cayuga and Seneca
  3. an obsolete unit of distance of variable length (usually 3 miles)

Alternative definition of the noun league


  1. A group or association of cooperating members.
  2. An organization of sports teams which play against one another for a championship.
  3. [context: measurement] The distance that a person can walk in one hour, commonly taken to be approximately three English miles (about five kilometers).

Specialised definition of the noun league

Glossary of sports

an association of sports clubs or teams that compete with each other (2006. Dictionary of Sport and Exercise Science. A&C Black Publishers Ltd)

a level of performance or skill (2006. Dictionary of Sport and Exercise Science. A&C Black Publishers Ltd)

in team sports and sport disciplines where teams are formed from individual athletes (e.g. gymnastics), the game and competition class where qualified club teams from a certain area are combined for the purpose of competing against each other. (Herbert Haag & Gerald Haag. 2003. Dictionary. Sport, Physical Education, Sport Science. Kiel, Institut für Sport und Sportwissenschaften)

Glossary of sports / rugby union

a version of rugby with 13 players and different rules than are used in rugby union

Glossary of sports / soccer

an alliance of teams that organizes sporting competition

Definition of the verb league

What does league mean as a doing word?

verb - inflections: leagued | leaguing | leagues

  1. unite to form a league
    • lexical domain: Change - verbs of size, temperature change, intensifying, etc.
    • more generic words: unify / unite = act in concert or unite in a common purpose or belief

Alternative definition of the verb league


  1. To form an association.


  1. League: The sports league or association to which this team belongs or belonged.
  2. League: The sports league or association that this is a season of.
  3. League: The regulated organization under which the team competes.

Phrases with League

Phrases starting with the word League:

  1. League Cup
  2. League Table

Phrases ending with the word League:

  1. in league
  2. big league
  3. big-league
  4. ivy league
  5. Non-League
  6. arab league
  7. bush league
  8. bush-league
  9. major league
  10. major-league
  11. minor league
  12. minor-league
  13. Rugby league
  14. Cactus League
  15. hockey league
  16. little league
  17. bowling league
  18. American League

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Printed dictionaries and other books with definitions for League

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Google previewDrifting Down the Darling (2015)

Birdwatching and seeking wisdom in a small boat by Tony Pritchard

Rugby league is The Greatest Game of all because it belongs to the working class and does not discriminate; sort of like the...

It has been said that Rugby League is an inferior code of football, is brutal, and is played by beergutted ageing ...

Google previewForward St. Louis (1913)

The Business Men's League is the representative and agent of St. Louis. The Business Men's...

The League is an alliance, offensive and defensive, for progress and betterment. Men of affairs...

The League is a valuable help to the member.

Google previewAn American Dilemma, Volume 2 (1944)

The Negro Problem and Modern Democracy by Gunnar Myrdal

the Urban League is an interracial movement. Both organizations were started on white initiative. In 1906...

The National Urban League is the parent organization. It has its central office in New York. In order to expand the ...

Google previewThe History of the Reign of the Emperor Charles V. (1802)

With a View of the Progress of Society in Europe from the Subversion of the Roman Empire to the Beginning of the Sixteenth Century by William Robertson

The Hanseatic league is the most powerful commercial confederacy known in history. Its origin towards the close of the twelfth century, and the objects of its union, are described by Knipschildt Tractatus Historico-Politico Juridicus de Juribus ...

Google previewThe European Magazine, and London Review (1816)

League is a word particularly objectourable. With us it is a common Lartical term implying three geographical miles, or a twentieth part of a degree. Lieue, commonly translated league, is the usual standard of ititerary measure with the French, ...

Google previewInternational Book Publishing (1995)

An Encyclopedia by Philip G. Altbach, Edith S. Hoshino

The Nigerian Book League is an independent, nongovernmental, nonsectional, and nonprofit organization. Its major objectives are to serve as a forum of interaction for members of the trade associations in the book industry, and to look after ...

Google previewThe Origin, Structure & Working of the League of Nations (2003)

by Charles Howard Ellis

The Peace-Organizing Tendency The League is an attempt to build on the peace-organizing tendency, to give formal and binding expression to the interdependence of modern nations.

Google previewThe Full Points Footy Encyclopedia of Australian Football Clubs (2008)

by John Devaney

ACTAFL Australian Capital Territory Australian Football League CANFL Canberra Australian National Football League CHFA Circular Head Football Association FTARFL Federal Territory Australian Rules Football League MJFA Metropolitan ...

Google previewHistorical Dictionary of Ice Hockey (2012)

by Laurel Zeisler

AHA Amateur Hockey Association AHAC Amateur Hockey Association of Canada AHL American Hockey League CAHA Canadian Amateur Hockey Association CAHL Canadian Amateur Hockey League CBC Canadian Broadcasting ...

Google previewEncyclopedia of Motherhood (2010)

by Andrea O'Reilly

La Leche League is an internationally recognized breastfeeding support organization founded in 1956 by a group of seven Catholic women from Chicago: Mary Ann Cahill, Betty Wagner, Mary Ann Kerwin, Mary White, Marian Tompson, ...

Google previewThe Arms Control, Disarmament, and Military Security Dictionary (2007)

by Jeffrey M. Elliot, Robert Reginald

Collective Security Arab League (85) A pan-Arabian regional organization, created in 1945, to strengthen relations amongst the Arab states, coordinate political activities, protect national sovereignty and independence, and promote social, ...

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Small photo of NETHERLANDS, EINDHOVEN - September 13th 2016: Atletico Madrid trainer coach Diego Simeone the Philips stadium during the champions league match PSV - Atletico Madrid , Antoine GriezmannSmall photo of KYIV, UKRAINE - DECEMBER 9, 2015: UEFA Champions League Official LogoSmall photo of LONDON, UK - NOVEMBER 23, 2016: Alexis Sanchez of Arsenal and Maxwell of PSG pictured during the UEFA Champions League Group A game between Arsenal FC and Paris Saint Germain on Emirates Stadium.Small photo of KYIV, UKRAINE - OCTOBER 20, 2015: Official UEFA Champions League logo printed in black on a white background canvasSmall photo of KYIV, UKRAINE - SEPTEMBER 16, 2015: UEFA Champions League Logo on racetrack before the game between FC Dynamo Kyiv and FC Porto at NSC Olimpiyskyi stadiumSmall photo of Thessaloniki, Greece- August 2, 2017: UEFA Europa League Logo on the bag on the pitch in the sunsetSmall photo of LONDON, ENGLAND - MARCH 7, 2017: Arturo Vidal and Robert Lewandowski celebrate after a goal during the UEFA Champions League Round of 16 game between Arsenal FC and Bayern Munich at Emirates Stadium. More...

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Quotes about League

I would love to see Flip get back into the league. I think he can definitely still coach in this league. I think he will be in this league quicker than sooner. (Kevin Garnett)
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Scrabble value of L1E1A1G2U1E1

The value of this 6-letter word is 7 points. It is included in the first and second editions of the Official Scrabble Players Dictionary.

Anagrams of LEAGUE

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