[ pol-ee-tek-nik ]
/ ˌpɒl iˈtɛk nɪk /


of, relating to, or offering instruction in a variety of industrial arts, applied sciences, or technical subjects: a polytechnic institute.


a school or other institution in which instruction in technical subjects is given.


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Origin of polytechnic

1795–1805; poly- + technic, modeled on French polytechnique
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British Dictionary definitions for polytechnic

/ (ˌpɒlɪˈtɛknɪk) /


British a college offering advanced full- and part-time courses, esp vocational courses, in many fields at and below degree standard


of or relating to technical instruction and training

Word Origin for polytechnic

C19: via French from Greek polutekhnos skilled in many arts. See technic
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