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[uh-kad-uh-mee] /əˈkæd ə mi/
noun, plural academies.
a secondary or high school, especially a private one.
a school or college for special instruction or training in a subject:
a military academy.
an association or institution for the advancement of art, literature, or science:
the National Academy of Arts and Letters.
a group of authorities and leaders in a field of scholarship, art, etc., who are often permitted to dictate standards, prescribe methods, and criticize new ideas.
the Academy.
  1. the Platonic school of philosophy or its adherents.
  2. academe (def 3).
  3. French Academy.
  4. Royal Academy.
Origin of academy
1470-80; < Latin acadēmīa < Greek akadḗmeia, equivalent to Akádēm(os) Academus + -eia adj. suffix Unabridged
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  • What the paper tells us is that the academy had not engaged Buononcini for the coming season.

    Handel Edward J. Dent
  • It is probable that Handel himself had contributed to the downfall of the academy.

    Handel Edward J. Dent
  • "She'd have to go to an academy first to get fitten for it," said Ma.

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  • And as he spoke, Cano dashed his statue to pieces on the pavement of the academy.

  • I want, sir, if you please, to be admitted to draw at the academy.

    Self-Help Samuel Smiles
British Dictionary definitions for academy


noun (pl) -mies
an institution or society for the advancement of literature, art, or science
a school for training in a particular skill or profession: a military academy
a secondary school: now used only as part of a name, and often denoting a private school
Word Origin
C16: via Latin from Greek akadēmeia name of the grove where Plato taught, named after the legendary hero Akadēmos


noun the Academy
  1. the grove or garden near Athens where Plato taught in the late 4th century bc
  2. the school of philosophy founded by Plato
  3. the members of this school and their successors
short for the French Academy, Royal Academy
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Word Origin and History for academy

late 15c., "the classical Academy," from French Académie, from Latin Academia, from Greek Akademeia "grove of Akademos," a legendary Athenian of the Trojan War tales (his name apparently means "of a silent district"), whose estate, six stadia from Athens, was the enclosure where Plato taught his school.

The A[cademy], the Garden, the Lyceum, the Porch, the Tub, are names used for the five chief schools of Greek philosophy, their founders, adherents, & doctrines: the A., Plato, the Platonists & Platonism; the Garden, Epicurus, the Epicureans, & Epicureanism; the Lyceum, Aristotle, the Aristotelians, & Aristotelianism; the Porch, Zeno, the Stoics, & Stoicism; the Tub, Antisthenes, the Cynics, & Cynicism. [Fowler]
Sense broadened 16c. into "any school or training place." Academy awards (1941) so called for their distributor, the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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