1) A group of authorities and leaders in a field of scholarship, art,
etc., who are often permitted to dictate standards, prescribe methods,
and criticize new ideas.
From Fr. Académie, from L. Academia, from Gk. Akademeia "grove of Akademos," a legendary Athenian of the Trojan War tales, whose estate, six stadia from Athens, was the enclosure where Plato taught his school.