league


league
{{11}}league (n.1) "alliance," mid-15c., ligg, from M.Fr. ligue "confederacy, league" (15c.), from It. lega, from legare "to tie, to bind," from L. ligare "to bind" (see LIGAMENT (Cf. ligament)). Originally among nations, subsequently extended to political associations (1846) and sports associations (1879). League of Nations first attested 1917 (created 1919).
{{12}}league (n.2) distance of about three miles, late 14c., ultimately from L.L. leuga (Cf. Fr. lieue, Sp. legua, It. lega), said by Roman writers to be from Gaulish. A vague measure (perhaps originally an hour's hike) never in official use in England, where it is recorded more often in poetic than in practical writing.
{{12}}league (v.) "to form a league," 1610s, from LEAGUE (Cf. league) (n.1). Related: Leagued; leaguing.

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  • League — League, 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. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • League — League, v. i. [imp. & p. p. {Leagued}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Leaguing}.] [Cf. F. se liguer. See 2d {League}.] To unite in a league or confederacy; to combine for mutual support; to confederate. South. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

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  • league — league1 [lēg] n. [ME ligg < OFr ligue < It liga < legare, to bind < L ligare: see LIGATURE] 1. a compact or covenant made by nations, groups, or individuals for promoting common interests, assuring mutual protection, etc. 2. an… …   English World dictionary

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