2. [syn: academy, honorary society]
3. a school for special training;
4. a learned establishment for the advancement of knowledge;
The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:
Academy \A*cad"e*my\, n.; pl. Academies. [F. acad['e]mie, L.
academia. Cf. Academe.]
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
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
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.
WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006):
n 1: a secondary school (usually private)
2: an institution for the advancement of art or science or
literature [syn: academy, honorary society]
3: a school for special training
4: a learned establishment for the advancement of knowledge
Moby Thesaurus II by Grady Ward, 1.0:
26 Moby Thesaurus words for "academy":
Gymnasium, Latin school, Realgymnasium, Realschule, Schule, ecole,
educational institution, escuela, grammar school, high,
high school, institute, intermediate school, junior high,
junior high school, middle school, prep school, preparatory school,
public school, scholastic institution, school, secondary school,
seminary, senior high, senior high school, teaching institution
The Devil's Dictionary (1881-1906):
ACADEMY, n. [from ACADEME] A modern school where football is