- 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,
Origin of academy
Related Wordsinstitute, seminary, foundation, federation, association, league, circle, alliance, fraternity, council
Examples from the Web for academy
Andy Serkis, Dawn of the Planet of the Apes Do you want to be on the wrong side of history, Academy?Oscars 2015: The Daily Beast’s Picks, From Scarlett Johansson to ‘Boyhood’
January 6, 2015
He spoke of the present-day tragedies and turmoil that struck the city while he and his classmates were in the academy.Cop Families Boo De Blasio at NYPD Graduation
December 30, 2014
Det. Rafael Ramos spent a lifetime trying to become a police officer, entering the academy at age 38.
But he made it through the academy and he was soon living his dream.
As far as finally being acknowledged herself with that elusive Academy gold, well, Moore says she would not take it for granted.Julianne Moore Is Oscar Gold in ‘Still Alice’
December 24, 2014
What the paper tells us is that the Academy had not engaged Buononcini for the coming season.
It is probable that Handel himself had contributed to the downfall of the Academy.
"She'd have to go to an academy first to get fitten for it," said Ma.The Bacillus of Beauty
And as he spoke, Cano dashed his statue to pieces on the pavement of the academy.Tales And Novels, Volume 9 (of 10)
I want, sir, if you please, to be admitted to draw at the Academy.Self-Help
- an institution or society for the advancement of literature, art, or science
- a school for training in a particular skill or professiona military academy
- a secondary school: now used only as part of a name, and often denoting a private school
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.