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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Plymouth residents Diane and Gary Glick donated one of the largest gifts to date to the conservatory for that purpose., "Stories, cooking, and a museum house party," 19 June 2019 Located at the foot of the Space Needle, Chihuly Garden and Glass is a collection of interior gallery spaces and a soaring glass house conservatory set within a lush garden. Lorene Edwards Forkner, The Seattle Times, "Richard Hartlage composes kaleidoscopic landscapes of bulbs — for Chihuly Garden and Glass, and his home," 13 Apr. 2019 Styles at Stonehedge range from small, portable solar Firefly lights to more traditional conservatory-style lanterns, to large, vintage styles made of wood and glass that are nearly 30 inches tall. Deborah Hornblow,, "Lanterns Light Up The Garden," 18 June 2019 All of that is learned fear from conservatory training. Rebecca Milzoff, Billboard, "Tony Nominee Spotlight: How Amber Gray Found Her Way to 'Hadestown'," 5 June 2019 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

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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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