From New Latin academia, from Ancient Greek Ἀκαδημία (Akadēmía); see 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)
- (historical) The name of the garden in Athens where the academics met. [from late 16th c.]
- (poetic) An academy; a place of learning. [from late 16th c.]
- 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.
- (poetic) The scholarly life, environment, or community. [from mid 19th c.]
- Synonym: academia
- A senior member of the staff at an institution of higher learning; pedant. [from mid 20th c.]
- Synonym: pedant
- Poetic references are often to “the groves of Academe”, a translation of Horace’s inter silvas Academi.