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From New Latin academia, from Ancient Greek Ἀκαδημία (Akadēmía); Doublet of academy. Academe (frequently capitalized) is a poetic name for the garden or grove near ancient Athens where Plato taught, supposedly named for its former owner, the hero Ἀκάδημος (Akademos; Ἑκάδημος, Hekademos).





academe (plural academes)

  1. (historical) The garden in Athens where the academics met. [from late 16th c.][1]
  2. (poetic) An academy; a place of learning. [from late 16th c.][1]
    Synonym: academy
    • 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. [from mid 19th c.][1]
    Synonym: academia
    • 1983 December 3, Michael Bronski, “Homosexuality: Social, Psychological and Biological Issues (review)”, in Gay Community News, volume 11, number 20, page 10:
      If it did nothing else, Homosexuality: Social, Psychological, and Biological Issues shows that the basic tenet of gay liberation—that is, viewing gayness as having an intrinsic validity—has finally entered and taken root in the groves of academe.
    • 1997, Haruki Murakami, translated by Jay Rubin, The Wind-Up Bird Chronicle, New York: Alfred A. Knopf, Inc.; republished New York: Vintage Books, 1998, →ISBN, page 74:
      His father expected him to enter the government or a major corporation upon graduation from the university, but Noboru Wataya chose to remain in academe and become a scholar.
  4. A senior member of the staff at an institution of higher learning; pedant. [from mid 20th c.][1]
    Synonym: pedant

Usage notes

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

Derived terms



  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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