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Ivy League

noun
  1. 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.
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adjective
  1. 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
Related formsIvy Leaguer, noun
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Ivy League

noun
  1. US
    1. the Ivy Leaguea 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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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.

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