synonyms, antonyms, definitions, examples & translations of academy in English

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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): /əˈkad.ə.mɪ/
  • Hyphenation: acad‧e‧my

academy (plural academies)

  1. (classical studies, usually capitalized) The garden where Plato taught. [First attested around 1350 to 1470.]
  2. (classical studies, usually capitalized) Plato's philosophical system based on skepticism; Plato's followers. [First attested in the mid 16th century.]
  3. An institution for the study of higher learning; a college or a university; typically a private school. [First attested in the mid 16th century.]
  4. A school or place of training in which some special art is taught. [First attested in the late 16th century.]
  5. 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.]
  6. (obsolete) The knowledge disseminated in an Academy. [Attested from the early 17th century until the mid 18th century.]
  7. (with the, without reference to any specific academy) Academia.
  8. A body of established opinion in a particular field, regarded as authoritative.
  9. (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.

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