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Definition of the Seven Sisters noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary

     

    the Seven Sisters

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  1. 1the Pleiades, a group of seven stars
  2. 2a group of seven traditional women’s (or formerly women’s) universities in the eastern US with high academic standards and a high social status Culture The universities that make up the Seven Sisters are: Barnard in New York City (associated with Columbia University), Bryn Mawr in Bryn Mawr, Pennsylvania, Mount Holyoke in South Hadley, Massachusetts, Radcliffe in Cambridge, Massachusetts (associated with Harvard University, forming the Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study at Harvard in 1999), Smith in Northampton, Massachusetts, Vassar (which now also has male students) in Poughkeepsie, New York, and Wellesley in Wellesley, Massachusetts.
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