ac·​a·​de·​mia | \ ˌa-kə-ˈdē-mē-ə How to pronounce academia (audio) \

Definition of academia

: the life, community, or world of teachers, schools, and education : academe scientists in industry and academia a career in academia

Examples of academia in a Sentence

She found the business world very different from academia.

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After graduating in 1953, Morrison went on to earn a master’s in English from Cornell University and began a career in academia. Meilan Solly, Smithsonian, "Toni Morrison, ‘Beloved’ Author Who Cataloged the African-American Experience, Dies at 88," 6 Aug. 2019 Seated in academia — a circle of students before her — her face placid, eyes ablaze, demanded respect. Lynell George, Los Angeles Times, "Appreciation: Toni Morrison was both a mirror and a map who reflected experience back to us," 6 Aug. 2019 The crackdown comes at a time of rising tension between the two countries, from the ongoing trade war to government fears of Chinese espionage in academia. Nanette Asimov,, "SFSU shutters popular Chinese cultural program under pressure from feds," 5 Aug. 2019 Marijuana, once a scourge of resident advisers across college campuses, is now finding a home in academia -- even inside the Ivy League. Aimee Picchi, CBS News, "At some colleges, students can now bone up on marijuana," 29 July 2019 The lone exception, David Kessler, joined the ranks in academia before eventually settling in his current position as chair of the board of directors at the Center for Science in the Public Interest, a non-profit nutritional science advocacy group. Katherine Ellen Foley, Quartz, "Trust issues deepen as yet another FDA commissioner joins the pharmaceutical industry," 1 July 2019 Who outside academia has heard of Lyndal Roper, the current Regius professor of history at Oxford? The Economist, "The study of history is in decline in Britain," 18 July 2019 Five, academia became politicized as a shrill agent of cultural transformation rather than focusing on education — while charging more for less learning. Victor Davis Hanson, The Mercury News, "Hanson: Why are Western middle classes revolting against the elites?," 13 June 2019 During their visit, Prince Harry and Meghan Markle will meet Canadians from the worlds of arts, business, and academia to discuss opportunities for young people working in the Commonwealth. Lucy Wood, Marie Claire, "Meghan Markle Wore a Very Kate Middleton-esque, Green Embellished Erdem Coat," 11 Mar. 2019

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First Known Use of academia

1903, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for academia

latinization of academy (with -ia suggesting a geographic entity), after its Latin etymon, Acadēmia

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