October 04, 2011
- academy (noun)
- What does it mean?
- 1 a : school; especially : a private high school b : an institution for training in special subjects or skills2 : a society of learned persons
- How do you use it?
- Matt was thrilled when he passed the entrance exam for the academy, but he was secretly worried that he would have trouble keeping up with its difficult curriculum.
- Are you a word wiz?
An academy has always been a school, but the first ones were quite different from modern schools. Which of the following do you think was the main subject studied at the very first academy?The original academy was a philosophy school or college for adults that was founded about 2,000 years ago by the Greek philosopher Plato. The school was called "Akademeia" after the park or grove of trees just outside the city of Athens where students and teachers met. The park was named in honor of the Greek hero Akademos. Although Akademos is better known as a hero than a scholar, his name is forever associated with schools and learning, thanks to Plato and his followers.