Definitions

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

Etymologies

So called because of the ivy-covered older college buildings.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)

Examples

  • Blessed with a multitude of thick-enveloped Ivy League acceptances, she chose Georgetown.

    You Know Where to Find Me

  • These tuitions continue to outpace some of the country's top Ivy League schools.

    Private School Tuition Bill Tops $40,000

  • Kennedys was, at bottom, an elitist administration, taking its color and much of its staff from the Ivy League Harvard and Yale in particular and the New York legal, financial, media, and cultural institutions populated by their graduates.

    In the Shadow of the Oval Office

  • The Ivy League in particular was known as a bastion of conservative northeast elitism.

    1968 the Year that Rocked the World

  • Neubauer had a lockstepping army of five-hundred-dollar-an-hour Ivy League attorneys protecting him like a Kevlar vest.

    The Beach House

  • The Dartmouth men's basketball team (3-11, 0-1 Ivy) is amid a flurry of rumors following the midseason departure of head coach Terry Dunn, which forced assistant coach Mark Graupe to face some tough questions in a midseason Ivy League media teleconference on Tuesday.

    TheDartmouth.com | America's Oldest College Newspaper. Founded 1799.

  • He had looked like an Ivy League gentleman, but he had always carried a switchblade in one pocket and brass knuckles in the other.

    Bad Luck and Trouble

  • Grayson Kirk, born in 1903, the president of Columbia, lived in a stately Ivy League home in Morningside Heights, the high ground in the north of Manhattan on which the campus is perched.

    1968 the Year that Rocked the World

  • C.lumbia and other Ivy League schools produced leaders in industry, publishing, finance — the people behind politics, the people behind war, the very people C. Wright Mills had identified in his book as "the power elite."

    1968 the Year that Rocked the World

  • Dash McCafferty was sitting in his dorm room at his Ivy League school thinking about little Reed Brennan.

    INNER CIRCLE

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  • Since 1954 the Ivy League has been the following universities: Brown, Columbia, Cornell, Dartmouth, Harvard, Pennsylvania, Princeton, and Yale.

    September 5, 2010