A'cademy. n.s. [anciently, and properly, with the accent on the first syllable, now frequently on the second. Academia, Lat. from Academus of Athens, whose house was turned into a school, from whom the Groves of Academe in Milton.]
- An assembly or society of men, uniting for the promotion of some art.
Our court shall be a little academy,
Still and contemplative in living arts. Shak. Love's Lab. Lost.
- The place where sciences are taught.
Amongst the academies, which were composed by the rare genius of those great men, these four are reckoned as the principal; namely, the Athenian school, that of Sicyon, that of Rhodes, and that of Corinth. Dryden's Dufresnoy.
- An university.
- A place of education, in contradistinction to the universities or public schools.