from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • noun The academic environment, community, or world.
  • noun Academic life.
  • noun A place in which instruction is given to students.
  • noun A scholar, especially a pedant.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun The grove and gymnasium near Athens where Plato taught; the Academy; figuratively, any place of similar character.
  • noun Hence [lowercase] An academy; a place for philosophic and literary intercourse or instruction.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • noun Poetic An academy.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • noun the academic world


from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

[From Latin Acadēmīa, the Academy; see academy.]


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