Definition of Harvard University from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary


Harvard University

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the oldest US university and usually considered the best. Harvard is one of the Ivy League universities. It was established as a college in 1636 in Cambridge, Massachusetts. Two years later, it was named after John Harvard, a Puritan born in England who had given it money and books. Harvard is especially famous for its faculties (= departments) of law and business. Its library is the oldest in the US and one of the largest. compare Yale University