[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 initial capital letter) any place of instruction; a school.
  3. (initial capital letter) the public grove in Athens in which Plato taught.
  4. a person living in, accustomed to, or preferring the environment of a university.
  5. a scholarly or pedantic person, especially a teacher or student.

Origin of academe

1580–90; < Latin Acadēmus < Greek Akádēmos Academus Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018

Related Words for academe

school, college, academe, academicians

Examples from the Web for academe

Historical Examples of academe

  • 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.


    Cory Doctorow

  • After all superficial contrasts have been exhausted, she may still claim the patronage of the philosopher of Academe.

  • "The Grove of Academe," replied Abbey, and the eyes of the artist and his wife were riveted on the editor.

  • The spirit that of old had hallowed the shades of Academe presided over these gatherings.

    Creed And Deed

    Felix Adler

British Dictionary definitions for academe


noun literary
  1. any place of learning, such as a college or university
  2. the grove of Academe or the groves of Academe the academic world

Word Origin for academe

C16: first used by Shakespeare in Love's Labour's Lost (1594); see academy
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012

Word Origin and History for academe



"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]
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper