minor-league

minor league

noun
any association of professional sports teams other than the major leagues, especially when the member teams are associated with or controlled by major-league teams, which use them as training and proving teams for promising players.

Origin:
1880–85, Americanism

minor-leaguer, noun
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minor-league

[mahy-ner-leeg]
adjective
1.
of or pertaining to a minor league.
2.
of little import or consequence: a painter with a minor-league talent.

Origin:
1945–50, Americanism


2. insignificant, lesser, second-rate.
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minor league
 
n
1.  (US), (Canadian) Compare major league any professional league in baseball other than a major league
2.  (modifier) of relatively little importance: that firm is very minor league

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