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Definition of "academy" []

  • A school for special instruction. (noun)
  • A secondary or college-preparatory school, especially a private one. (noun)
  • The academic community; academe: "When there's moral leadership from the White House and from the academy, people tend to adjust” ( Jesse Jackson). (noun)
  • Higher education in general. Used with the. (noun)
  • A society of scholars, scientists, or artists. (noun)

American Heritage(R) Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright (c) 2011 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

Use "academy" in a sentence
  • "Several of those caught up in the probe say they expect the number of midshipmen who will be "separated" - the term academy officials use for expulsion - to reach more than a dozen."
  • "Going back to France in the 1860s, the word "academy" has connoted everything avant-garde artists have clamored to escape: It meant state control of their careers and it forced them to work in a realistic style and within approved genres, such as history and mythology, instead of developing new kinds of art."
  • "Adam the academy is a joke, has been for years stb247"