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noun

a group of colleges and universities in the northeastern U.S., consisting of Yale, Harvard, Princeton, Columbia, Dartmouth, Cornell, the University of Pennsylvania, and Brown, having a reputation for high scholastic achievement and social prestige.

adjective

of, relating to, or characteristic of Ivy League colleges or their students and graduates.

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Origin of Ivy League

First recorded in 1935–40

OTHER WORDS FROM Ivy League

Ivy Leaguer, noun

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British Dictionary definitions for Ivy League

Ivy League

noun

US
  1. the Ivy League a group of eight universities (Brown, Columbia, Cornell, Dartmouth College, Harvard, Princeton, the University of Pennsylvania, and Yale) that have similar academic and social prestige in the US to Oxford and Cambridge in Britain
  2. (as modifier)an Ivy-League education
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Cultural definitions for Ivy League

Ivy League

A group of eight old, distinguished colleges and universities in the East, known for their ivy-covered brick buildings. The members of the Ivy League are Brown, Columbia, Cornell, Harvard, Princeton, and Yale Universities; Dartmouth College; and the University of Pennsylvania.

The New Dictionary of Cultural Literacy, Third Edition Copyright © 2005 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.
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