[ ak-uh-deem, ak-uh-deem ]
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  1. the campus activity, life, and interests of a college or university; the academic world.

  2. Sometimes Academe . any place of instruction; a school.

  1. a person living in, accustomed to, or preferring the environment of a university.

  2. a scholarly or pedantic person, especially a teacher or student.

  3. Academe, the public grove in Athens in which Plato taught.

Origin of academe

First recorded in 1580–90; from Latin Acadēmus, Greek Akádēmos; see Academus

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How to use academe in a sentence

  • And now if you're to be congratulated before I go back to the groves of academe pray bestir yourself.

    The Little Brown Jug at Kildare | Meredith Nicholson
  • At all events, there is sufficient groundwork for any quantity of euphuism about "classic shades," "groves of academe," et cetera.

  • There are the dark groves of academe, a place of rest in a bare land.

    The Near East | Robert Hichens
  • He was in his mid-twenties, young and slick, his only nod to academe a small goatee.

    Makers | Cory Doctorow
  • It was Billy who spoke, as his eyes first rested upon that eminent pinnacle of academe.

    Philosophy 4 | Owen Wister

British Dictionary definitions for academe


/ (ˈækəˌdiːm) /

  1. any place of learning, such as a college or university

  2. the grove of Academe or the groves of Academe the academic world

Origin of academe

C16: first used by Shakespeare in Love's Labour's Lost (1594); see academy

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