Definition of minor league in English:

minor league

noun

North american
  • 1A league below the level of the major league in a professional sport, especially baseball.

    • ‘After returning to the minor leagues, Parker finished his career in the Mexican League.’
    • ‘Leading the minor leagues in home runs as we almost enter July?’
    • ‘One idea is to require pitching prospects to come to the plate in the minor leagues, even in leagues that allow a designated hitter.’
    • ‘He just called me from Trenton, New Jersey where he is attending a minor league baseball game.’
    • ‘Alan has gone into his father's law firm but dreams of making enough money to buy a minor league baseball team.’
    • ‘The topics of discussion will include college, minor league, and major league baseball.’
    • ‘So, if you need a minor league free agent list, head over to Baseball America.’
    • ‘An equally interesting but seldom reported story is the adventure of breaking into professional baseball in the minor leagues.’
    • ‘Not only might he break the minor league home run record, but also the strikeout record.’
    • ‘While things are once again looking good at the Major League level, the Twins have reinforcements if needed in the minor leagues.’
    • ‘Being such a fan of both the minor leagues and the hot stove league, I sure wish general managers would swap prospects every once in awhile.’
    • ‘The draft was taking players from the big leagues and the minor leagues.’
    • ‘If you are a Yankees fan, or just a fan of minor league baseball, I highly recommend his site.’
    • ‘After his final major league stint in 1946, Libke returned to the minor leagues for three more seasons.’
    • ‘We have five shortstops in the minor leagues who are going to be major league players.’
    • ‘He even threatened to send the rookie first baseman back to the minor leagues.’
    • ‘You put the ball in play more often than almost any pitcher in the minor leagues, yet you just don't give up base hits.’
    • ‘If you want, there's a minor league baseball game going on tonight in Orleans.’
    • ‘McCarthy spent 15 seasons in the minor leagues, never making it to the major leagues as a player.’
    • ‘Ring was the first left-handed shortstop I had ever seen playing in the minor leagues.’
    1. 1.1[as modifier]Insignificant; small-time.
      ‘a minor-league villain’
      • ‘Although Chelsea was sad for her mom's big letdown, she also felt relieved because it was a minor-league problem compared to the one she had feared.’
      • ‘It's okay to be wrong when you're an assistant professor and minor-league blogger like myself; the rules are different when you are the president of a university.’
      • ‘Liar-liar works magnificently against the TV rookie, the minor-league humanities professor blinking into the camera from a remote studio in the Midwest.’
      • ‘Throughout the course of thirty recipes, Martha presents fast and easy dinners that require only a few ingredients and are able to be attempted by even minor-league cooks.’
      • ‘Eric Roberts, who can be either outhouse or castle, comes a castle here as a slick, self-important minor-league thug who wants to swim with the sharks.’
      • ‘When they see what they're forced to take, when they try to learn to live on those monthly $500 minor-league checks, they might want to rethink things.’
      • ‘This is for all those nights in two-bit minor-league towns, for all the times he was told he wasn't good enough.’
      • ‘Someone makes a heartfelt, tear-jerking appeal on behalf of the charity, and then up pops some sweaty, half-cut minor-league celebrity who's a mate of someone on the committee.’
      • ‘Amber's mother forces her to train endlessly, trying to recapture mom's past glory as a minor-league beauty queen.’
      • ‘Regular readers of this column know that not long ago I found myself the target of a minor-league smear campaign.’
      • ‘As a result, corporate licensing is no longer just a low-level activity, run by minor-league executives concerned only with plastering the company name and logo in as many places as possible.’
      • ‘Such stuff is fun and flattering to the reader's minor-league erudition in the same way as trying your luck at University Challenge is.’
      • ‘A minor-league icon, her popularity had little to do with her acting, resting instead on appearances in a few great films and an off-screen life as tumultuous as a three-hankie melodrama.’
      • ‘Rock groups that sing songs with dark lyrics are gathering more and more enthusiastic fans despite their minor-league status in the music industry.’
      • ‘Why bother squashing minor-league competitors in the Majority World when sales there are such a small slice of the pie and the industry earns obscene profits anyway?’
      • ‘As Fletch opens, Jane Doe poses as an ‘amiable, minor-league junkie’ as he looks into a drug distribution network on the local beaches.’
      • ‘Basically that kind of a tepid turnout proved what we have known for some time, that Winnipeg is a minor-league town.’

Pronunciation:

minor league

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