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Date: 1500-1600
Language: Latin
Origin: academia, from Greek Akademeia school in Athens at which the ancient Greek thinker Plato taught, named for Akademos a hero in Athenian stories

academy

noun
     
a‧cad‧e‧my plural academies [countable]
1SSO an official organization which encourages the development of literature, art, science etc:
the American Academy of Arts and Letters
2SEC a college where students are taught a particular subject or skill:
a military academy
the Royal Academy of Music
3SES a school in Scotland for children between 11 and 16
4 a private school in the US

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