noun acad·e·my \ə-ˈka-də-mē\

: a school that provides training in special subjects or skills

: a private high school

: an organization of people who work to support art, science, or literature

plural acad·e·mies

Full Definition of ACADEMY

a :  a school usually above the elementary level; especially :  a private high school
b :  a high school or college in which special subjects or skills are taught
c :  higher education —used with the <the functions of the academy in modern society>
a :  the school for advanced education founded by Plato
b :  the philosophical doctrines associated with Plato's Academy
:  a society of learned persons organized to advance art, science, or literature
:  a body of established opinion widely accepted as authoritative in a particular field

Examples of ACADEMY

  1. <an academy of the fine arts>

Origin of ACADEMY

Latin academia, from Greek Akadēmeia, from Akadēmeia, gymnasium where Plato taught, from Akadēmos Attic mythological hero
First Known Use: 1549

Other Education Terms

baccalaureate, colloquium, corequisite, dissertation, monograph, pedant, practicum, survey course, thesis
ACADEMIES Defined for Kids


noun acad·e·my \ə-ˈka-də-mē\
plural acad·e·mies

Definition of ACADEMY for Kids

:  a private high school
:  a high school or college where special subjects are taught <a military academy>
:  an organization which supports art, science, or literature

Word History of ACADEMY

In ancient Greece, a philosopher named Plato started a school at a public exercise field. The field and nearby groves of trees were named for a hero of Greek legend. The English word academy came from the name of the hero for whom Plato's school was named.


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