- any new or little-known university, especially one built since World War II to educate students in industrial regions, emphasizing technical subjects rather than the classics, and often partially supported by government funds.
- any university lacking the prestige of Oxford and Cambridge.
Origin of redbrick university
First recorded in 1940–45
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