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



BrE BrE//ˌpɒliˈteknɪk//
; NAmE NAmE//ˌpɑːliˈteknɪk//
(also British English, informal poly) Higher education institutions
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(in Britain in the past) a college for higher education, especially in scientific and technical subjects. Most polytechnics are now called, and have the same status as, universities. See related entries: Higher education institutions Word Originearly 19th cent.: from French polytechnique, from Greek polutekhnos, from polu- ‘many’ + tekhnē ‘art’.
See the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary entry: polytechnic