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League
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English

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Pronunciation

  • IPA(key): /li:?/
  • (file)
  • Rhymes: -i:?

Etymology 1

From Middle English liege, ligg, lige ("a pact between governments, an agreement, alliance"), from Middle French ligue, from Italian lega, from the verb legare, from Latin lig? ("I tie").

Noun

league (plural leagues)

  1. A group or association of cooperating members.
    the League of Nations
    • (Can we date this quote by Denham and provide title, author's full name, and other details?)
      And let there be / 'Twixt us and them no league, nor amity.
  2. 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. (informal) rugby league
    Are you going to watch the league tonight?
  4. (often in the negative) A class or type of people or things that are evenly matched or on the same level.
    Forget about dating him; he's out of your league.
    We're not even in the same league.
  5. A prefecture-level administrative unit in Inner Mongolia (Chinese: ?).
Derived terms
Descendants
  • -> Japanese: (r?gu)
  • -> Korean: (rigeu)
Translations

Verb

league (third-person singular simple present leagues, present participle leaguing, simple past and past participle leagued)

  1. To form an association; to unite in a league or confederacy; to combine for mutual support.
    (Can we find and add a quotation of South to this entry?)
Translations

Etymology 2

From Middle English lege ("league"), from Late Latin leuca, leuga ("the Gaulish mile"), from Gaulish[1], from Proto-Celtic *lewg? (compare Middle Breton leau, Welsh lew, Breton lev / leo ("league")).[2]

Noun

league (plural leagues)

  1. (measurement) The distance that a person can walk in one hour, commonly taken to be approximately three English miles (about five kilometers).
    • (Can we date this quote by M. Le Page Du Pratz and provide title, author's full name, and other details?), History of Louisiana (PG), p. 47
      Seven leagues above the mouth of the river we meet with two other passes, as large as the middle one by which we entered.
  2. A stone erected near a public road to mark the distance of a league.
Translations

References

  • Online Etymology, league
  • Middle English Dictionary, lege
  1. ^ Bla?ek, Václav (2008), "Gaulish Language", in Studia minora Facultatis philosophicae Universitatis Brunensis, issue 13, Sborníku prací filozofické fakulty brn?nské univerzity, page 49
  2. ^ Koch, John (2004) English-Proto-Celtic Word-list with attested comparanda[1], University of Wales Centre for Advanced Welsh & Celtic Studies

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