con·​ser·​va·​to·​ry | \kən-ˈsər-və-ˌtȯr-ē \
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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There is a gentleman’s club room with red leather bar stools, and a dramatic conservatory-style breakfast room with green-latticed walls and huge windows looking out to the water. Katherine Clarke, WSJ, "Broadway Producer Asks $135 Million for Extravagant Florida Estate," 22 Oct. 2018 Every fall the garden holds a Chrysanthemum Festival to showcase the Asian cultivation traditions and their 4-acre conservatory with more than 80,000 flowers. Lauren Smith, House Beautiful, "Meet the Largest Chrysanthemum in North America," 10 Aug. 2015 Sally Sullivan, executive director of the group, said the county's priority should be maintaining a horticultural mission for the conservatory and its plant collections. Don Behm, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Public hearing draws support for preserving the Mitchell Park Domes in MIlwaukee," 26 June 2018 There are 85 species fluttering around the conservatory, according to Cincinnati Parks. Jared Gilmour, miamiherald, "This woman was arrested for theft — butterfly theft, Ohio police say | Miami Herald," 27 Apr. 2018 Upon entering, catch the epic view of a towering Winged Victory sculpture, visible in the home’s conservatory, across a dramatic 175-foot pergola. Amy Thomas, New York Times, "36 Hours in Buffalo," 28 June 2018 The music conservatory, on a separate 23-acre Princeton campus, has seen total deficits of $10.7 million over the last three years, according to court documents. Avalon R. Zoppo,, "Judge: Negotiations over sale of Westminster Choir College can continue," 2 Feb. 2018 Those options are among several possible choices for the future of the domes to be discussed Tuesday at a public hearing beginning at 6 p.m. in the conservatory's lobby entrance, 524 South Layton Boulevard. Don Behm, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Decision time is quickly approaching for the future of the leaking, aging Mitchell Park Domes," 25 June 2018 Proceeds are to be donated to Notre Ecole de Musique, a bilingual conservatory scheduled to open in the area later this year. John Von Rhein,, "Recommended Chicago-area classical concerts for Feb. 9-15," 8 Feb. 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

: 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 \
plural conservatories

Kids Definition of conservatory

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

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