(Greek > Latin: [originally, Academus/Akademus, a name of a hero in Greek mythology; then it became a gymnasium near Athens where Plato taught])

In the beginning, academy referred to the "olive grove of Academus" or "the groves of Academe". Plato established his school in 387 B.C. Music, philosophy, and literature were taught there. Some accounts say that Plato sat on the ground and taught while resting against the trunk of an olive tree.

Now academies generally exist as private-secondary schools, military institutions; as art, literary, and scientific societies; and institutions in the entertainment world. According to John Ayto, the more general meanings "college, place of training" derive from French.

A place of learning; especially, a college or university.
Scholars and students of the academic world and their activities.
1. Connected with education, educational studies, an educational institution, or the educational system.
2. Scholarly and intellectual.
3. Theoretical and not of any practical relevance.
4. Using the conventional techniques or emphasizing the formal aspects of an art form; such as, painting or poetry.
5. Designed for students who intend to study at a college after high school, or attending a school with such courses.
6. Someone teaching or conducting research at an institution of higher learning.
7. Someone with a scholarly background or attitudes.
1. Belonging to an academy or other higher institution of learning; scholarly; literary or classical, rather than technical or vocational.
2. Belonging to the school or philosophy of Plato; as, the Academic sect or philosophy.
A member of an academy or society concerned with the arts or sciences.
Artistry that relies on conventional techniques or emphasises the formal aspects of an art form; such as, painting or poetry.
1. A formal society whose purpose is to promote a particular aspect of knowledge or culture.
2. An educational institution devoted to a particular subject; such as, a military academy.
3. A secondary or high school, usually a private one (usually used in school names).
4. The academic community; especially, scholars at colleges and universities.
5. An association or institution for the advancement of art, literature, or science; such as, the National Academy of Arts and Letters.
6. A group of authorities and leaders in a field of scholarship, art, etc., who are often permitted to dictate standards, prescribe methods, and criticize new ideas.