|Origin:||ligue 'agreement to act together', from Old Italian liga, from ligare 'to tie'|
league W2 [countable]
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 Championship
be (at the) top/bottom of the league (=be the best or the worst team in a group)
a group of people or countries who have joined together because they have similar aims, political beliefs etc:
the National Socialist League
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.
to be much better than someone or something else:
be in a different league
For most of the match, Brazil were in a different league, and won 4-0.
to not be skilled or experienced enough to do or deal with something
to be working with someone secretly, especially for a bad purpose:
Vernon was accused by his enemies of being in league with the devil.
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