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academy

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noun acad·e·my \ə-ˈka-də-mē\

Simple Definition of academy

  • : 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

Full Definition of academy

plural acad·e·mies

  1. 1 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>

  2. 2 capitalized a :  the school for advanced education founded by Plato b :  the philosophical doctrines associated with Plato's Academy

  3. 3 :  a society of learned persons organized to advance art, science, or literature

  4. 4 :  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




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