Ivy League


Definition of Ivy League

1 : of, relating to, or characteristic of a group of long-established eastern U.S. colleges and universities widely regarded as high in scholastic and social prestige
2 : of, relating to, or characteristic of the students of Ivy League schools

First Known Use of Ivy League

1936, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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“Ivy League.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/Ivy%20League. Accessed 27 Nov. 2020.

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