Definition of rugby league in English:

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rugby league

noun

A form of rugby played in teams of thirteen, originally by a group of northern English clubs that separated from rugby union in 1895. Besides having somewhat different rules, the game differed from rugby union in always allowing professionalism.
Example sentences
  • St Joseph's High School will play host to cricket, netball, football and rugby league.
  • Mr Marson, whose cancer was diagnosed eight weeks ago, was a keen follower of football, rugby league and tennis.
  • The latter had never played a game of rugby league before, his only experience being in the union code.

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Syllabification: rug·by league

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