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observatory

noun ob·ser·va·to·ry \əb-ˈzər-və-ˌtr-ē\

: a special building for studying stars, planets, weather, etc. : a building from which scientists study and watch the sky

plural ob·ser·va·to·ries

Full Definition of OBSERVATORY

1
:  a building or place given over to or equipped for observation of natural phenomena (as in astronomy); also :  an institution whose primary purpose is making such observations
2
:  a situation or structure commanding a wide view

Examples of OBSERVATORY

  1. <the observatory is located on a mountaintop>

Origin of OBSERVATORY

probably from New Latin observatorium, from Latin observare
First Known Use: 1676

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