English Online Dictionary. What means academy? What does academy mean?
From French académie, from Latin acadēmīa, from Ancient Greek Ἀκαδημία (Akadēmía), a grove of trees and gymnasium outside of Athens where Plato taught; from the name of the supposed former owner of that estate, the Attic hero Akademos. Doublet of academia and Akademeia; compare academe.
- (UK, US) IPA(key): /əˈkæd.ə.mi/
- (Scotland) IPA(key): /əˈkadəmɪ/
- Hyphenation: acad‧e‧my
academy (plural academies)
- (classical studies, usually capitalized) The garden where Plato taught. [First attested around 1350 to 1470.]
- (classical studies, usually capitalized) Plato's philosophical system based on skepticism; Plato's followers. [First attested in the mid 16th century.]
- An institution for the study of higher learning; a college or a university; typically a private school. [First attested in the mid 16th century.]
- A school or place of training in which some special art is taught. [First attested in the late 16th century.]
- A society of learned people united for the advancement of the arts and sciences, and literature, or some particular art or science. [First attested in the early 17th century.]
- (obsolete) The knowledge disseminated in an Academy. [Attested from the early 17th century until the mid 18th century.]
- (with the, without reference to any specific academy) Academia.
- A body of established opinion in a particular field, regarded as authoritative.
- (UK, education) A school directly funded by central government, independent of local control.
- (society of learned people): learned society
- “academy, n.” in the Dictionary of the Scots Language, Edinburgh: Scottish Language Dictionaries.