academy

An academy is a fancy school, often one devoted to one subject or discipline, such as music or science. You can also use academy to describe the world of higher learning.

If you show unusual gifts as a clarinetist, you should consider attending the music academy in the next town. That's where you'll learn the most about your art. It's a private school, the Goodman Academy of Music, named after Benny Goodman, who was the greatest jazz clarinetist ever. If you want to use academy in its other sense, try "Those home experiments are cool, but without peer review, the academy will never accept them as science." Darn academy.

Definitions of academy
  1. noun
    a learned establishment for the advancement of knowledge
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    establishment
    a public or private structure (business or governmental or educational) including buildings and equipment for business or residence
  2. noun
    an institution for the advancement of art or science or literature
    synonyms: honorary society
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    Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences
    an academy that gives annual awards for achievements in motion picture production and performance
    Academy of Television Arts and Sciences
    an academy that gives annual awards for outstanding achievements in television
    French Academy
    an honorary group of French writers and thinkers supported by the French government
    National Academy of Sciences
    an honorary American society of scientists created by President Lincoln during the American Civil War
    Royal Academy, Royal Academy of Arts
    an honorary academy in London (founded in 1768) intended to cultivate painting and sculpture and architecture in Britain
    Royal Society, Royal Society of London for Improving Natural Knowledge
    an honorary English society (formalized in 1660 and given a royal charter by Charles II in 1662) through which the British government has supported science
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    establishment, institution
    an organization founded and united for a specific purpose
  3. noun
    a secondary school (usually private)
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    Gymnasium, lycee, lyceum, middle school, secondary school
    a school for students intermediate between elementary school and college; usually grades 9 to 12
  4. noun
    a school for special training
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    yeshiva, yeshivah
    an academy for the advanced study of Jewish texts (primarily the Talmud)
    police academy
    an academy for training police officers
    military academy
    an academy for training military officers
    naval academy
    an academy for training naval officers
    air force academy
    an academy for training air force officers
    Plato's Academy
    a school established by Plato in ancient Athens
    US Naval Academy, United States Naval Academy
    a school for training men and women to become officers in the United States Navy
    US Air Force Academy, United States Air Force Academy
    a school for training men and women to become officers in the United States Air Force
    US Military Academy, United States Military Academy
    a school for training men and women to become officers in the United States Army
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    school
    an educational institution
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