- The definition of an academy is a secondary school, particularly one that is private or that provides instruction in a particular subject.
Saint John's College High School, the State University of New York Maritime College and the Texas Military Institute-the Episcopal School of Texas are each an example of an academy.
academy definition by Webster's New World
- a private secondary or high school
- a school offering instruction in a special field: a music academy
- an association of scholars, writers, artists, etc., for advancing literature, art, or science
Origin: French académie ; from Classical Latin academia ; from Classical Greek akadēmeia: see academe
academy definition by American Heritage Dictionary
noun pl. a·cad·e·mies
- A school for special instruction.
- A secondary or college-preparatory school, especially a private one.
- a. The academic community; academe: “When there's moral leadership from the White House and from the academy, people tend to adjust” (Jesse Jackson).b. Higher education in general. Used with the.c. A society of scholars, scientists, or artists.
- Academya. Plato's school for advanced education and the first institutional school of philosophy.b. Platonism.c. The disciples of Plato.
Origin: Latin Acadēmīa, the school where Plato taught, from Greek Akadēmeia.
academy - Phrases/Idioms
- the public park near Athens where Plato taught and founded a school for the study of philosophy
- this school
- Plato's followers or their philosophy