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 academyplural
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 capitalized a : the school for advanced education founded by Plato b : the philosophical doctrines associated with Plato's Academy
3 : a society of learned persons organized to advance art, science, or literature
4 : a body of established opinion widely accepted as authoritative in a particular field
Examples of academy in a sentence
<an academy of the fine arts>
Did You Know?
Our word academy comes from the Greek word Akademeia, the name of the park or grove outside of ancient Athens where the philosopher Plato taught his students. Just as schools and parks today are often named after famous persons, the Akademeia had been named in honor of a Greek hero, Akademos.
Origin and Etymology of academy
Latin academia, from Greek Akadēmeia, from Akadēmeia, gymnasium where Plato taught, from Akadēmos Attic mythological hero
First Known Use: 1549
ACADEMY Defined for Kids
Definition of academy for Students
1 : a private high school
2 : a high school or college where special subjects are taught <a military academy>
3 : an organization which supports art, science, or literature
History for 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.
Seen and Heard
What made you want to look up academy? Please tell us where you read or heard it (including the quote, if possible).