- leagueW2 [li:g] n[Sense: 1-5; Date: 1400-1500; : French; Origin: ligue 'agreement to act together', from Old Italian liga, from ligare 'to tie'][Sense: 6; Date: 1300-1400; : Late Latin; Origin: leuga]1.) a group of sports teams or players who play games against each other to see who is best▪ He makes his football league debut tomorrow.▪ the Rugby League Championshipbe (at the) top/bottom of the league(=be the best or the worst team in a group)2.) a group of people or countries who have joined together because they have similar aims, political beliefs etc▪ the National Socialist League3.) not be in the same league (as sb/sth) also be in a different league (from sb/sth)to be not nearly as good or important as someone or something else▪ They're not in the same league as the French at making wine.4.) be out of your leagueto not be skilled or experienced enough to do or deal with something5.) be in league (with sb)to be working with someone secretly, especially for a bad purpose▪ Vernon was accused by his enemies of being in league with the devil.6.) an ancient unit for measuring distance, equal to 3 miles or about 4828 metres on land, and three ↑nautical miles or 5556 metres at sea
Dictionary of contemporary English. 2013.