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A British university founded in the 19th or 20th century. (Many buildings on such universities' campuses are made with red bricks.) Most often used to distinguish such a school from Oxford or Cambridge, both of which were founded in the Middle Ages. Primarily heard in UK. No, I just went to one of the redbrick universities—I could never have gotten into the likes of Oxford.
See also: university
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