from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. A siege.
  • n. The camp especially of a besieging army.
  • transitive v. Archaic To besiege; beleaguer.
  • n. One that belongs to a league.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. A siege
  • n. A measure of liquid
  • v. To besiege; to beleaguer.
  • n. A person in a league

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. The camp of a besieging army; a camp in general.
  • n. A siege or beleaguering.
  • transitive v. To besiege; to beleaguer.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • To beleaguer; besiege.
  • n. A member of a league; a confederate; one who belongs to a league of individuals or parties within a state: as, the French leaguers fought against both Henry III. and Henry IV.
  • n. A camp; especially, the camp of a besieging army; a besieging force.
  • n. Investment of a town or fort by an army; a siege or besiegement.
  • n. Association in a league; leagued or confederate action.
  • n. A large cask; a tun; specifically (nautical), a cask for water holding 159 imperial gallons, carried on vessels before the introduction of water-tanks.


Dutch leger, lair, camp, from Middle Dutch lēgher, lair, camp, siege; see legh- in Indo-European roots.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Dutch leger ("army") (Wiktionary)
league +‎ -er (Wiktionary)



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  • A military camp, esp. one engaged in a siege; an investing force (adapt. fr. Dutch leger camp).

    August 6, 2008