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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

Source: Merriam-Webster's Learner's Dictionary

Full Definition of academy

plural

academies

  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 in a sentence

  1. <an academy of the fine arts>



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

academy

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noun acad·e·my \ə-ˈka-də-mē\

Definition of academy for Students

plural

academies

  1. 1 :  a private high school

  2. 2 :  a high school or college where special subjects are taught <a military academy>

  3. 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.



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