Definition of polytechnic in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˌpälēˈteknik/


An institution of higher education offering courses in many subjects, especially vocational or technical subjects.
Example sentences
  • This result was accomplished by granting university status to the polytechnics and to some colleges of higher education.
  • To supply the growing educational and training demand, active support has been granted to private institutes, polytechnics and colleges that provide IT training.
  • The conversion of the British polytechnics into universities is parallel to the move by some community colleges to offer a workforce bachelor's degree.


Dealing with or devoted to various vocational or technical subjects.
Example sentences
  • Hundreds of polytechnic students at Andalas University attacked the university's School of Law on the Limau Manis campus on Thursday.
  • As the new assistant minister of education she devotes herself to educational improvement, opening polytechnic schools in remote areas.
  • What measures has the Government undertaken to reinforce polytechnic activity in areas that contribute strongly to its core role?


Early 19th century: from French polytechnique, from Greek polutekhnos, from polu- 'many' + tekhnē 'art'.

Words that rhyme with polytechnic

pyrotechnic, technic

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Syllabification: pol·y·tech·nic

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