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4 definitions found
 for Academy
From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Academy \A*cad"e*my\, n.; pl. Academies. [F. acad['e]mie, L.
     academia. Cf. Academe.]
     1. A garden or grove near Athens (so named from the hero
        Academus), where Plato and his followers held their
        philosophical conferences; hence, the school of philosophy
        of which Plato was head.
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     2. An institution for the study of higher learning; a college
        or a university. Popularly, a school, or seminary of
        learning, holding a rank between a college and a common
        school.
        [1913 Webster]
  
     3. A place of training; a school. "Academies of fanaticism."
        --Hume.
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     4. A society of learned men united for the advancement of the
        arts and sciences, and literature, or some particular art
        or science; as, the French Academy; the American Academy
        of Arts and Sciences; academies of literature and
        philology.
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     5. A school or place of training in which some special art is
        taught; as, the military academy at West Point; a riding
        academy; the Academy of Music.
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     Academy figure (Paint.), a drawing usually half life-size,
        in crayon or pencil, after a nude model.
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From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) :

  academy
      n 1: a secondary school (usually private)
      2: an institution for the advancement of art or science or
         literature [syn: academy, honorary society]
      3: a school for special training
      4: a learned establishment for the advancement of knowledge

From Moby Thesaurus II by Grady Ward, 1.0 :

  26 Moby Thesaurus words for "academy":
     Gymnasium, Latin school, Realgymnasium, Realschule, Schule, ecole,
     educational institution, escuela, grammar school, high,
     high school, institute, intermediate school, junior high,
     junior high school, middle school, prep school, preparatory school,
     public school, scholastic institution, school, secondary school,
     seminary, senior high, senior high school, teaching institution
  
  

From The Devil's Dictionary (1881-1906) :

  ACADEMY, n.  [from ACADEME]   A modern school where football is
  taught.
  

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