French Academy

[ frenchuh-kad-uh-mee ]
/ ˈfrɛntʃ əˈkæd ə mi /

noun

an association of 40 scholars and men and women of letters, established in 1635 by Cardinal Richelieu and devoted chiefly to preserving the purity of the French language and establishing standards of proper usage.

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British Dictionary definitions for French Academy

French Academy

noun

an association of 40 French scholars and writers, founded by Cardinal Richelieu in 1635, devoted chiefly to preserving the purity of the French language
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