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Ivy League Syllabification: I·vy League
Pronunciation: /ˈˌīvē ˈlēɡ/

Definition of Ivy League in English:


A group of long-established colleges and universities in the eastern US having high academic and social prestige. It includes Harvard, Yale, Princeton, Columbia, Dartmouth, Cornell, Brown, and the University of Pennsylvania: [as modifier]: an Ivy League school
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  • Yale University set an Ivy League record by accepting only 8.6 percent of its 21,099 applicants.
  • The financial reward for academic activities is enormous, as children who get into the ‘right’ preschool can go on to top-class primary and secondary schools, and hopefully an Ivy League university.
  • A lot of Koreans dream about sending their kids to an Ivy League University, so what better preparation, they think, is there than a North American high school?


Ivy Leaguer
Example sentences
  • In many ways Roberts is like the president, a conservative, an Ivy Leaguer, and somebody who is affable, some consider down home.
  • Yes, he did vote in favor of it, but he is a smart guy, an Ivy Leaguer.
  • Unlike many of my new classmates, I wasn't following in the footsteps of a family member - neither of my parents had gone to college, nor had the parents of most of my friends - nor was I living out some lifelong dream of my own to be an Ivy Leaguer.


1930s: with reference to the ivy traditionally growing over the walls of the university buildings.

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