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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)

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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