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[kuh n-sur-vuh-tawr-ee, -tohr-ee] /kənˈsɜr vəˌtɔr i, -ˌtoʊr i/

noun, plural conservatories.
a school giving instruction in one or more of the fine or dramatic arts; specifically, a school of music.
a greenhouse, usually attached to a dwelling, for growing and displaying plants.
Archaic. a place where things are preserved.
serving or adapted to conserve; preservative.
noun (pl) -tories
a greenhouse, esp one attached to a house
another word for conservatoire

1560s, “preservative;” 1660s, “greenhouse,” from stem of conservation + -ory. In sense “school for performing arts” it is recorded from 1842, from Italian conservatorio or French conservatoire, originally “hospital for foundlings in which musical education was given.”


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