From French polytechnique, from the École polytechnique, engineering school founded 1794 in Paris; from Greek πολύτεχνος "skilled in many arts," from πολύς "many" (see poly-) + τέχνη "art" (see technic).
polytechnic (plural polytechnics)
- (Britain, dated) An educational institute that teaches applied arts and sciences rather than academic subjects.
- (obsolete) An exhibition of objects illustrating many arts.
- (educational institute): professional university, vocational university, university of applied sciences