I. noun 1. a place of study or training in a special field • a police academy.
‹dated› a place of study
• he was educated privately at academies in Margate.
3. (in England) an inner-city school which is funded by the government and sometimes also by a private individual or organization but is not controlled by the local authority. 4.
(Scottish) a secondary school, in the US typically a private one.
• Mark left St Andrews Academy with five highers, and studied maths at Glasgow University.
5. ( the Academy) — the teaching school founded by Plato. 6. a society or institution of distinguished scholars and artists or scientists that aims to promote and maintain standards in its particular field • the Royal Academy of Arts.
– origin late Middle English (denoting the garden where Plato taught): from French académie or Latin academia, from Greek akadēmeia, from Akadēmos, the hero after whom Plato’s garden was named.