Definition of Ivy League in English:

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Ivy League

Pronunciation: /ˈˌīvē ˈlēɡ/


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?


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

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Syllabification: I·vy League

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