Definition of academy noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



    BrE BrE//əˈkædəmi//
    ; NAmE NAmE//əˈkædəmi//
    (pl. academies) Higher education institutions, Types of school
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  1. 1 a school or college for special training the Royal Academy of Music a police/military academy See related entries: Higher education institutions
  2. 2(also Academy) a type of official organization which aims to encourage and develop art, literature, science, etc. the Royal Academy of Arts
  3. 3 a secondary school in Scotland See related entries: Types of school
  4. 4 a private school in the US See related entries: Types of school
  5. 5a secondary school in England which has a great deal of independence from local authority control See related entries: Types of school
  6. Word Originlate Middle English (denoting the garden where Plato taught): from French académie or Latin academia, from Greek akadēmeia, from Akadēmos, the hero after whom Plato's garden was named.Extra examples He later studied at the Royal Academy. He specialized in naval history at the Naval Academy. He went to Ayr Academy. He’s a cadet at the Royal Military Academy, Sandhurst. She trained at the Royal Academy of Music.
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