from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. An association of eight universities and colleges in the northeast United States, comprising Brown, Columbia, Cornell, Dartmouth, Harvard, Princeton, the University of Pennsylvania, and Yale.
- adj. Of or resembling the traditions of the Ivy League.
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- proper n. An association of eight universities and colleges in the USA, known for high quality.
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- n. a league of universities and colleges in the northeastern United States that have a reputation for scholastic achievement and social prestige
So called because of the ivy-covered older college buildings.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)