(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.
2. The environment of a school, community, or the world: The neighborhood where Virginia's mother and father lived reminded he of an academe because artists, authors, and musicians lived in the nearby homes.
3. A student or scholar: At the old college, Jane was termed a academe, or pedant, because of the college's long tradition of the academic studies offered.
2. Regarding the scholarly and intellectual aspects of learning: Academic courses are designed for students who intend to study at a college after completing high school.
3. Regarding an aptitude for learning: Since Anita understood many abstract topics and loved reading, she definitely had enough academic intelligence for achieving her goals at college!
4. Theoretical and hypothetical and not supposed to have any practical result: The academic discussions at hand were only concerned with the theories of the issue and not with the realistic and pragmatic relevance and use.
5. Denoting a narrow concentration on a subject: Christina submerged or focused herself in the academic branch of oceanography concerning the different kinds of planktons in the benthos.
2. Referring to the school or philosophy of Plato: Some of the academical theories of Plato contrast the abstract things, or entities, with objects in the material world.
2. Artistry that relies on conventional techniques or emphasises the formal aspects of an art form: The school of art that Jane attended was known for its academicism in painting and poetry and there was little acceptance for imagination.
2. An educational institution devoted to a particular subject: The military academy at West Point and the Academy of Music are two examples of such establishments.
3. A secondary or high school, usually a private one: The academy where Harry Potter, Hermione Granger, and Ron Weasley went was called Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry.
4. The academic community: An academy consists especially of, scholars at colleges and universities.
5. An association or institution for the advancement of art, literature, or science: The National Academy of Arts and Letters is one example of such an affiliation.
6. A group of authorities and leaders in a field of scholarship, art, etc.: An academy can be a body of people who are often permitted to determine standards, specify methods, and to look down on or object to new ideas.