- Ivy League
—Ivy Leaguer.1. a group of colleges and universities in the northeastern U.S., consisting of Yale, Harvard, Princeton, Columbia, Dartmouth, Cornell, the University of Pennsylvania, and Brown, having a reputation for high scholastic achievement and social prestige.2. of, pertaining to, or characteristic of Ivy League colleges or their students and graduates.[1935-40]
* * *Group of eight universities in the northeastern U.S., high in academic and social prestige, that are members of an athletic conference for intercollegiate gridiron football dating to the 1870s.It consists of Harvard, Yale, Princeton, Columbia, Brown, and Cornell universities, the University of Pennsylvania, and Dartmouth College.
* * *a group of colleges and universities in the northeastern United States that are widely regarded as high in academic and social prestige: Harvard (Harvard University) (established 1636), Yale (Yale University) (1701), Pennsylvania (Pennsylvania, University of) (1740), Princeton (Princeton University) (1746), Columbia (Columbia University) (1754), Brown (Brown University) (1764), Dartmouth (Dartmouth College) (1769), and Cornell (Cornell University) (1865). They are members of an athletic conference for intercollegiate American football and other sports known as the Ivy League. Though formally organized only in 1956, competition between the colleges dates back to football meetings in the 1870s. The Ivy League was dominant in the early years of football in the United States until 1913, as attested by the All-America teams, but it faded in the 1920s.
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