- Also called English ivy. a climbing vine, Hedera helix, having smooth, shiny, evergreen leaves, small, yellowish flowers, and black berries, grown as an ornamental.
- any of various other climbing or trailing plants.
Origin of ivy
- a female given name.
Examples from the Web for ivy
From the religious (‘The Holly and the Ivy’) to the secular (‘The Chipmunk Song’), my top 20.Yes, I Like Christmas Music. Stop Laughing.
December 24, 2014
In Confessions of an Ivy League Frat Boy, the self-induced, self-absorbed Greek tragedy of Andrew Lohse.An Ivy League Frat Boy’s Shallow Repentance
November 24, 2014
Ironically enough this madrassa is run mostly by Ivy League-educated Jews.How Aasif Mandvi Became Jon Stewart’s Favorite Jihadi
November 16, 2014
Dear White People takes place on the predominantly white campus of a fictional college with an Ivy League-leaning legacy.‘Dear White People’ Is the Race Movie America Didn’t Know It Needed
October 17, 2014
The Ivy League and other top schools are producing no more than ‘excellent sheep,’ says William Deresiewicz.The Elite American College Pile-On
Michael S. Roth
September 15, 2014
The ivy heard them, and she loved the oak-tree more and more.A Little Book of Profitable Tales
Since then the ivy has grown over them to hide their nakedness.English Villages
P. H. Ditchfield
There it is, see—that grey building yonder, with its windows all smothered in ivy.'Abbe Mouret's Transgression
This kind of garland is made also of ivy, with small red balls.
Ivy's face is all puckered, as if she were on the point of tears.A Bit O' Love (Fourth Series Plays)
- any woody climbing or trailing araliaceous plant of the Old World genus Hedera, esp H. helix, having lobed evergreen leaves and black berry-like fruits
- any of various other climbing or creeping plants, such as Boston ivy, poison ivy, and ground ivy
Word Origin and History for ivy
Old English ifig, from West Germanic *ibakhs (cf. Middle Low German iflof, Dutch eiloof, Old High German ebahewi, German Efeu), of unknown origin; the second element in the Old High German word might be "hay."
Ivy bush as a sign of a tavern where wine is served is attested from mid-15c. Ivy League, inspired by the notion of old, ivy-coated walls, dates to 1933 (perhaps originally in reference to football; it consists of Brown, Columbia, Cornell, Dartmouth, Harvard, Pennsylvania, Princeton, and Yale).