Definition of League

1. Noun. An association of sports teams that organizes matches for its members.




2. Verb. Unite to form a league.
Generic synonyms: Unify, Unite

3. Noun. An association of states or organizations or individuals for common action.
Generic synonyms: Union
Specialized synonyms: Five Nations, Iroquois League, League Of Iroquois, Six Nations

4. Noun. An obsolete unit of distance of variable length (usually 3 miles).

Definition of League

1. n. 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. n. 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.

3. v. i. To unite in a league or confederacy; to combine for mutual support; to confederate.

4. v. t. To join in a league; to cause to combine for a joint purpose; to combine; to unite; as, common interests will league heterogeneous elements.

Definition of League

1. Noun. A group or association of cooperating members. ¹

2. Noun. An organization of sports teams which play against one another for a championship. ¹

3. Noun. (context: measurement) The distance that a person can walk in one hour, commonly taken to be approximately three English miles (about five kilometers). ¹

4. Verb. To form an association. ¹

¹ Source: wiktionary.com

Definition of League

1. to come together for a common purpose [v LEAGUED, LEAGUING, LEAGUES]

Medical Definition of League

1. 1. 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. The English land league is equal to three English statute miles. The Spanish and French leagues vary in each country according to usage and the kind of measurement to which they are applied. The Dutch and German leagues contain about four geographical miles, or about 4.6 English statute miles. 2. A stone erected near a public road to mark the distance of a league. Origin: Cf. OE. Legue, lieue, a measure of length, F. Lieue, Pr. Lega, legua, It. & LL. Lega, Sp. Legua, Pg. Legoa, legua; all fr. LL. Leuca, of Celtic origin: cf. Arm. Leo, lev (perh. From French), Ir.leige (perh. From English); also Ir. & Gael. Leac a flag, a broad, flat stone, W. Llech, such stones having perh. Served as a sort of milestone (cf. Cromlech). 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. "And let there be 'Twixt us and them no league, nor amity." (Denham) A league may be offensive or defensive, or both; offensive, when the parties agree to unite in attacking a common enemy; defensive, when they agree to a mutual defense of each other against an enemy. The Holy League, an alliance of Roman Catholics formed in 1576 by influence of the Duke of Guise for the exclusion of Protestants from the throne of France. Solemn League and Covenant. See Covenant,2. The land league, an association, organised in Dublin in 1879, to promote the interests of the Irish tenantry, its avowed objects being to secure fixity of tenure fair rent, and free sale of the tenants' interest. It was declared illegal by Parliament, but vigorous prosecutions have failed to suppress it. Synonym: Alliance, confederacy, confederation, coalition, combination, compact, cooperation. Origin: F.ligue, LL. Liga, fr. L. Ligare to bind; cf. Sp. Liga. Cf. Ally a confederate, Ligature. Source: Websters Dictionary (01 Mar 1998)

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Lexicographical Neighbors of League

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Literary usage of League

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1. The Encyclopedia Americana: A Library of Universal Knowledge (1919)
"league, leg, a measure of length varying in different countries. ... The Roman league was equal to 1500 paces, each of 5 feet, or 1.376 modern English miles ..."

2. The Living Age by Making of America Project, Eliakim Littell, Robert S. Littell (1844)
"It appears now that the league in its present organization is somewhat similar to a chain and ... The ideal back of the league is right and should prevail, ..."

3. United States Supreme Court Reports by Lawyers Co-operative Publishing Company, United States Supreme Court (1885)
"this league to the defendants, Sarah A. Mc- Phaul and Ann E. Tipton, in 1850. On the petition of Lapsley the suit was transferred to the Circuit Court of ..."

4. Readers' Guide to Periodical Literature by Anna Lorraine Guthrie, Marion A. Knight, H.W. Wilson Company, Estella E. Painter (1920)
"Int J Ethics 29:457-65 Jl '19 league of nations again. A. Harrison. English R 27:297-306 О 48 league of nations and international law. ED Dickinson. ..."

5. International Law: A Treatise by Lassa Oppenheim (1920)
"It is asserted that the league is a mere confederation of States (Staatenbund), but it is certainly not. One speaks of a confederation of States ..."

6. Report by Illinois Highway Commission (1908)
"The Farmers' Good Roads league of Illinois was incorporated on the 10th of ... The object for which this league is formed is stated in the charter as ..."

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