Oxbridge

[ oks-brij ]
/ ˈɒksˌbrɪdʒ /
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noun

Oxford or Cambridge University, or both, especially in contrast with the redbrick universities of England.
upper-class intellectual life in England, as felt to be under the influence of Oxford and Cambridge universities: a bitter attack on Oxbridge by the younger writers.

adjective

of, relating to, or characteristic of Oxford and Cambridge, or of upper-class, intellectual traditions or manners associated with these universities: a career formerly open only to Oxbridge graduates; to voice the proper Oxbridge sentiments.
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Oxbridge

/ (ˈɒksˌbrɪdʒ) /

noun

  1. the British universities of Oxford and Cambridge, esp considered as ancient and prestigious academic institutions, bastions of privilege and superiority, etc
  2. (as modifier)Oxbridge graduates
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Word Origin and History for oxbridge

Oxbridge


1849, a conflation of Oxford and Cambridge, used in reference to the characteristics common to the two universities.

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