academy. 1. An institution of higher learning. 2. An association dedicated to the advancement

of knowledge in a particular field, such as the American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers. 3. A

private  high  school.  4.  (cap.)  A  garden  near  Athens  where  Plato  taught;  hence,  the  school  of

philosophy that he led. [Blacks Law 8th]