con·​ser·​va·​to·​ry | \ kən-ˈsər-və-ˌtȯr-ē How to pronounce conservatory (audio) \
plural conservatories

Definition of conservatory

1 : a greenhouse for growing or displaying plants
2 [ Italian conservatorio home for foundlings, music school, from Latin conservare ] : a school specializing in one of the fine arts a music conservatory

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Synonyms for conservatory


glasshouse [chiefly British], greenhouse, hothouse

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Examples of conservatory in a Sentence

the Peabody Conservatory of Music the college's conservatory is entirely devoted to cultivating and displaying orchids

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Opened on June 1st, the butterfly sanctuary allows visitors both to witness hundreds of diverse species of butterflies flutter around a tropical conservatory and also to learn more about mother nature. Perri Ormont Blumberg, Southern Living, "Dahlonega, Georgia Just Welcomed the Most Magical Butterfly Farm in the South," 6 June 2019 The room, which echoes the conservatory’s shape and connects to the parlor floor, has a quartzite island, basalt floor tiles and a gleaming, 1970s-style arc lamp. Julie Lasky, New York Times, "Clinton Hill Mansion With a Rock ’n’ Roll History," 8 June 2018 Except there, in the distance, was the Godrevy Lighthouse, and in a hallway off a glass conservatory hangs a photo of the couple from around that time, with Woolf’s guest signature in purple, below. Ratha Tep, New York Times, "In Search of Virginia Woolf’s Lost Eden in Cornwall," 26 Feb. 2018 You can also get married in The Orangery, formerly a conservatory built for Queen Anne, where Nicky Hilton famously got married to James Rothschild, and which allows almost 1,000 people to attend. Rachel Epstein, Marie Claire, "you can get married at Kensington Palace," 21 Jan. 2019 The high school is a free public arts conservatory that has produced an astounding number of successful and famous alumni. Emily L. Mahoney, miamiherald, "New World School of the Arts dodged a big budget cut last year. This year it didn’t. | Miami Herald," 14 Mar. 2018 The country’s oldest, longest-running conservatory is spread over a 13-acre wonderland of tropical gardens, balmy fernery, and cactus museum. Leslie Pariseau, Condé Nast Traveler, "3 Days in Detroit," 3 Oct. 2018 Some stopped to marvel at a mountain of Oncidiums, Epidendrums, Cattleyas and Phalaenopsis in a sweetly autumnal palette, perched on a bamboo grid that echoed the conservatory’s glassy panes. Kathryn Shattuck, New York Times, "Where Spring Is in Full Bloom," 5 Apr. 2018 The action unfurls in a quaint medieval town square garlanded with flowers and armorial pennants, (modified for the Gala), where Harlequin woos Columbine, and in a Beaux Arts ballroom conservatory where the action continues in the second act. Hamish Bowles, Vogue, "American Ballet Theatre Revives the Color and Comedy of Marius Petipa's Harlequinade," 24 May 2018

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First Known Use of conservatory

1664, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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English Language Learners Definition of conservatory

US : a school in which students are taught music, theater, or dance
: a room or building with glass walls and a glass roof that is used for growing plants


con·​ser·​va·​to·​ry | \ kən-ˈsər-və-ˌtȯr-ē How to pronounce conservatory (audio) \
plural conservatories

Kids Definition of conservatory

1 : a place of instruction in some special study (as music)

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