(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.

academe (s) (noun), academes (pl)
1. A place of learning, especially a college or university: When entering the academe for the first time, Jill was totally impressed with the atmosphere of the old building and hallways and thought that she would meet Harry Potter around the corner!
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.
academia (s) (noun) (no pl)
Scholars and students of the scholastic world and their activities: After high school and receiving a scholarship for college, Susan decided to enter the realm of academia and submerg herself in all the subjects and the atmosphere of learning and studying.
academic (s) (noun), academics (pl)
A scholar or a teacher in an institution of higher education: All the academics, or faculty members, of the university were present at the graduation ceremonies at the end of the year.
academic (adjective), more academic, most academic
1. Connected with education, educational studies, an educational institution, or the educational system: In order to become a garbage collector, an academic training is not required!
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.
academical (adjective) (not comparable)
1. Pertaining to higher institution of learning; academic: Such academica studies involve the literary or classical aspects rather than the technical or vocational facets of the subject matters. .
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.
academical (s) (noun), academically (pl)
The cap and gown used for educational purposes (used in the plural): In Great Britain students and officers wear academicals at their school or college.
academician (s) (adjective), academicians (pl)
A member of an academy or society concerned with the arts or sciences: The academicians and researchers have been entering their essays in the noted scientific publications for all the universities.
academicism, academism (s) (noun), academcisms: academisms (pl)
1. The teachings or concepts of Plato's Academy: The Academy of Plato, founded about 387 BC in Athens, was the place where his academicisms were taught and studied.
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.
academy (s) (noun), academies (pl)
1. A formal society whose purpose is to promote a particular aspect of knowledge or culture: Some examples of such fellowships or organizations are the French Academy and the American Academy of Arts And Sciences.
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.