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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Examples of conservatory in a Sentence

the Peabody Conservatory of Music the college's conservatory is entirely devoted to cultivating and displaying orchids
Recent Examples on the Web Ledford also found higher education to be more supportive than a conservatory. NBC News, "For transgender dancers, progress can't come fast enough," 8 Mar. 2020 The conservatory will be offering a packed schedule of jazz concerts on some evenings during December (extending operating hours to 8 p.m.) set in its signature collection of flowers, fountains and sculptures. Washington Post, "13 things to do in the D.C. area this week," 25 Nov. 2019 Whether featuring tulips in the spring, lilies in the summer, mums in the fall or poinsettias during the holidays, the conservatory stays in bloom year-round. Nancy Ngo, Twin Cities, "Find inspiration and solutions at these home, garden and art tours," 28 Sep. 2019 There's also an English conservatory and a bar attached in order to entertain and host special events. Sebastian Blanco, Car and Driver, "This Dream Garage Is a Four-Bay Carriage House," 5 Apr. 2020 Half an hour into the riveting four-part series, filmed in Yiddish and English and due out on March 26, the baggage Esty brings to this adventure with her peers, all students at the local conservatory, is substantial. Judy Berman, Time, "Netflix's Unorthodox Tells the Riveting Tale of One Woman's Flight From Hasidic Brooklyn," 24 Mar. 2020 Winchester loved to garden, so the conservatory featured an indoor watering system and wooden floorboards that could be lifted up to water plants resting below. Brigit Katz, Smithsonian Magazine, "Take a Free Virtual Tour of the Winchester Mystery House," 25 Mar. 2020 Students from East Asia studying in Italy learned of the move in a message from the conservatory’s director, Roberto Giuliani, sent to faculty members, who forwarded it by email and WhatsApp to those affected. Stefano Pitrelli, Washington Post, "A top European music school suspended students from East Asia over coronavirus concerns, amid rising discrimination," 31 Jan. 2020 The day of family-friendly programs designed to promote effective stewardship of the river is centered at Belle Isle Casino but draws visitors to most of the other venues on the island, including the aquarium, the Dossin Museum and the conservatory. Greg Crawford, Detroit Free Press, "Detroit's Top 10: Ann Arbor folk fest, Dustin Lynch, Soup Bowl in Royal Oak, 'Jesus Christ Superstar'," 29 Jan. 2020

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First Known Use of conservatory

1664, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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The first known use of conservatory was in 1664

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19 May 2020

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“Conservatory.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 25 May. 2020.

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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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