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


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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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 The master plan features a huge conservatory as the centerpiece, as well as a series of gardens, meadows, pathways and plazas, horticulture exhibits, and educational facilities. Kate Talerico, The Courier-Journal, "Parking for bikes but not cars? This development plan is going green," 28 June 2018 Each investment would buy only 25 more years of life for the three domes, home to the county's horticultural conservatory. Don Behm, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Decision time is quickly approaching for the future of the leaking, aging Mitchell Park Domes," 25 June 2018 The architecture was inspired by pavilions and conservatories from the Gilded Age. Washington Post, "Welcome center to open at mansion after long-running battle," 13 June 2018 Maria Frederick of Elmhurst said the interior of the Victorian was formal and beautiful and had a gorgeous conservatory. Kimberly Fornek,, "Hinsdale Kitchen Walk offers look at kitchen designs, creative decorating and tastings," 12 May 2018 As President Donald Trump harangued Germany and other allies at a NATO summit in Brussels, his wife chatted amiably with some of their spouses at a music conservatory in a wooded park in Waterloo, near the Belgian capital. Washington Post, "US first lady welcomed in Belgium with music and fashion," 11 July 2018 Heartened by signs that Missouri Gov. Mike Parson would support funding a University of Missouri-Kansas City conservatory in the future, university officials have issued a call to developers interested in designing and constructing the project. Katy Bergen And Mará Rose Williams, kansascity, "UMKC issues call to developers interested in new performing arts conservatory," 21 June 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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