Definitions of academy

  1. an institution for the advancement of art or science or literature
  2. a school for special training
  3. a secondary school ( usually private)
  4. A garden or grove near Athens ( so named from the hero Academus), where Plato and his followers held their philosophical conferences; hence, the school of philosophy of which Plato was head.
  5. An institution for the study of higher learning; a college or a university. Popularly, a school, or seminary of learning, holding a rank between a college and a common school.
  6. A place of training; a school.
  7. 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.
  8. 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.
  9. 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 of Arts and Sciences; academies of literature and philology.
  10. A school or place of training in which some special art is taught; as, the military academy at West Point; a riding academy; the of Music.
  11. A private school or seminary for the teaching of the higher branches of education; a school for instruction in special subjects; an association or society of men famous in literature, science, and art; a building devoted to educational purposes.
  12. The school of Plato: a higher school: a society for the promotion of science or art.
  13. A higher school; a learned society.
  14. A learned society.
  15. Originally the school of Plato, so called from the garden, grove, or villa, near Athens, where he and his followers held their philosophical conferences. In present use, a seminary of learning, in which the higher branches of education are taught, in contradistinction to a university or an elementary school; a school for teaching some particular art or science, as, a military academy; a society of men united for the promotion of the arts and sciences in general, or of some particular science or art; a house appropriated to the purposes of an academy. Academy figure, a drawing or painting after a living model for the use of students at an academy of arts.
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