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French académie < Latin acadēmīa < Ancient Greek Ἀκαδήμια (Akadēmia), a grove of trees and gymnasium outside of Athens where Plato taught; from the name of the supposed former owner of that estate, the Attic hero Akademos. Compare academe, academia, Akademeia.





Academy (academ)

  1. A society of learned men united for the advancement of the arts and sciences, and literature, or some particular art or science; as, the French Academy; the American Academy of Arts and Sciences; academies of literature and philology.
  2. A school or place of training in which some special art is taught; as, the military academy at West Point; a riding academy; the Academy of Music.
  3. An institution for the study of higher learning; a college or a university.
  4. Popularly, a school, or seminary of learning, holding a rank between a college and a common school.
  5. A place of training; a school.
  6. Template:1811 A brothel (1811 Dictionary of Vulgar Tongue)


  • (brothel): pushing school

Derived terms[]

  • Academy figure (Painting): a drawing usually half life-size, in crayon or pencil, after a nude model.
  • The academy (without reference to any specific academy) = academia.
  • national academy
  • Academy of Sciences
  • academical

Related terms[]

  • learned society


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