A·cad·e·my n.; pl. Academies
1. 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.
2. 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.
3. A place of training; a school. “Academies of fanaticism.”
4. 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.
5. 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.
Academy figure Paint., a drawing usually half life-size, in crayon or pencil, after a nude model.
n 1: a secondary school (usually private)
2: an institution for the advancement of art or science or
literature [syn: honorary society]
3: a school for special training
4: a learned establishment for the advancement of knowledge