academy Definition

  • 1a place of study or training in a special field
  • 2an institution for the advancement of art, literature, or science

Using academy: Examples

Take a moment to familiarize yourself with how "academy" can be used in various situations through the following examples!

  • Example

    She was accepted into the prestigious academy of music.

  • Example

    The police academy trains new recruits in law enforcement.

  • Example

    The Royal Academy of Arts is a world-renowned institution for the promotion of visual arts.

academy Synonyms and Antonyms

Phrases with academy

  • an annual American awards ceremony honoring achievements in the film industry


    The Academy Awards, also known as the Oscars, is one of the most prestigious awards ceremonies in the world.

  • a French literary society established in 1635 to maintain the purity of the French language


    The French Academy is responsible for publishing the official French dictionary.

  • short for the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, the organization responsible for the Academy Awards


    The Academy announced the nominees for Best Picture yesterday.

Origins of academy

from Greek 'Akadēmeia', the name of the grove near Athens where the philosopher Plato taught


Summary: academy in Brief

An 'academy' [əˈkadəmi] is a place of study or training in a special field, or an institution for the advancement of art, literature, or science. It can refer to schools, colleges, universities, or specialized institutions like the police academy. Phrases like 'the academy awards' and 'the French Academy' use 'academy' to denote specific organizations or societies. 'Academy' is a formal term that can be used interchangeably with 'institution' or 'establishment.'

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