C19: via French from Greek polutekhnos skilled in many arts. See technic
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Word forms: polytechnics
1. variable noun [oft in names]
In Britain, a polytechnic was a college where you could go after leaving school in order to study academic subjects up to degree level, or to train for particular jobs. In 1992, all the polytechnics in Britain became universities.