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academe (plural academes)

  1. (historical) The name of the garden in Athens where the academics met. [First attested in the late 16th century.][1]
  2. (poetic) An academy; a place of learning. [First attested in the late 16th century.][1]
    • 1603, William Shakespeare, Love's Labour's Lost:
      Navarre shall be the wonder of the world; / Our court shall be a little Academe,/ Still and contemplative in living art.
  3. (poetic) The scholarly life, environment, or community. [First attested in the mid 19th century.][1]
  4. A senior member of the staff at an institution of higher learning; pedant. [First attested in the mid 20th century.][1]

Usage notes[edit]

  • Poetic references are often to “the groves of Academe”, a translation of Horace’s inter silvas Academi.[2][3]

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  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 Brown, Lesley, ed. The Shorter Oxford English Dictionary. 5th. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2003.
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