- the campus activity, life, and interests of a college or university; the academic world.
- (sometimes initial capital letter) any place of instruction; a school.
- (initial capital letter) the public grove in Athens in which Plato taught.
- a person living in, accustomed to, or preferring the environment of a university.
- a scholarly or pedantic person, especially a teacher or student.
Origin of academe
- any place of learning, such as a college or university
- the grove of Academe or the groves of Academe the academic world
Word Origin and History for academes
"The Academy," 1580s, from phrase groves of Academe, translating Horace's silvas Academi (see academy); general sense of "the world of universities and scholarship" is attested from 1849. With lower-case letter, academia in the sense of "academic community" is from 1956.
Academe properly means Academus (a Greek hero); & its use as a poetic variant for academy, though sanctioned by Shakespeare, Tennyson & Lowell, is a mistake; the grove of A., however, (Milton) means rightly The Academy. [Fowler]