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  • IPA(key): /liːɡ/
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  • Rhymes: -iːɡ

Etymology 1[edit]

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 ligō (I tie).


league (plural leagues)

  1. A group or association of cooperating members.
    the League of Nations
    • 1668, John Denham, The Passion of Dido for Aeneas
      And let there be / 'Twixt us and them no league, nor amity.
  2. (sports) 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) Ellipsis of 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: ).
  6. (military) An alliance or coalition.
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Related terms[edit]
  • Japanese: リーグ (rīgu)
  • Korean: 리그 (rigeu)


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.

Etymology 2[edit]

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


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).
  2. A stone erected near a public road to mark the distance of a league.


  1. ^ Blažek, Václav (2008), “Gaulish Language”, in Studia minora Facultatis philosophicae Universitatis Brunensis, issue 13, Sborníku prací filozofické fakulty brněnské 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