From Longman Dictionary of Contemporary Englishacademya‧cad‧e‧my /əˈkædəmi/ noun (plural academies) [countable] 1 SSOan official organization which encourages the development of literature, art, science etc the American Academy of Arts and Letters2 SECa college where students are taught a particular subject or skill a military academy the Royal Academy of Music3 SESa school in Scotland for children between 11 and 164 a private school in the US5 previously city academy a type of independent secondary school in England that is run with help and money from private organizations or people. Each school specializes in teaching a particular subject such as science, business, or technology.
Examples from the Corpusacademy• Thus there was an academy of practising poets in Toulouse in the early fourteenth century.• He was educated privately at academies in Margate.• the California Ballet Academy• St. Lawrence Academy• Supposedly, this nomination shows that stodgy, old academy voters are hipper, less traditional, younger.• It is the last one he adopted at the academy.• Back at the academy, they eat lunch at 2 and are on the court from 2.30-6.30.• Li and Mao are retired, but their dismissal from the academy bars them from publishing and teaching.• Congress got in the act in the following years, lending the academy $ 255,000 to expand the dairy.AcademyAcademy /əˈkædəmi/ noun [countable] a type of secondary school in England that is independent, but which is supported by public money. Each Academy has a private sponsor which can either be an individual person or an organization. Although many subjects are taught in an Academy, each school specializes in certain areas such as science, business, computing, or technology.Origin academy (1500-1600) Latin academia, from Greek Akademeia school in Athens at which the ancient Greek thinker Plato taught, named for Akademos a hero in Athenian stories