Definition of academy
- the functions of the academy in modern society
an academy of the fine arts
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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.
First Known Use: 1549See Words from the same year
: 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
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