- 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.
- 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 of academyFrench académie ; from Classical Latin academia ; from Classical Greek akadēmeia: see academe
- 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
- 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 of academyLatin Acadēmīa, the school where Plato taught, from Greek Akadēmeia.
- (classical studies, usually capitalized) The garden where Plato taught. [First attested around 1350 to 1470.]
- (classical studies, usually capitalized) Plato's philosophical system based on sketpicism; Plato's followers. [First attested in the mid 16th century.]
- An institution for the study of higher learning; a college or a university; typically a private school. [First attested in the mid 16th century.]
- A school or place of training in which some special art is taught. [First attested in the late 16th century.]
- the military academy at West Point; a riding academy; the Academy of Music.
- A society of learned men united for the advancement of the arts and sciences, and literature, or some particular art or science. [First attested in the early 17th century.]
- the French Academy; the American Academy of Arts and Sciences; academies of literature and philology.
- (with the, without reference to any specific academy) Academia.
- A body of established opinion in a particular field, regarded as authoritative.
- (UK, education) A school directly funded by central government, independent of local control.
- learned society
From French académie, from Latin acadēmīa, from Ancient Greek Ἀκαδημία (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.
- (classical studies, history) The school for advanced education founded by Plato; the garden where Plato taught. [First attested around 1350 to 1470.]
- (classical studies) The disciples of plato. [First attested in the mid 16th century.]
- (classical studies, philosophy) Platonism. [First attested in the mid 16th century.]
- A specific society of scholars or artists.