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 Through programs at both the conservatory and pre-college levels, the school has begun the slow but vital process of changing the face of classical music. Zachary Lewis, cleveland, "Cleveland Institute of Music eyes transformation at start of its second century," 22 Apr. 2021 In the conservatory’s Seasonal Exhibition Galleries, the pink-and-gold mosaic Starry Pumpkin (2015) is featured in a woodland garden of foliage and flowers that harmonize with the sculpture’s pink polka dots. Jane Levere, Forbes, "New York Botanical Garden Offers Once-In-A-Lifetime Yayoi Kusama Exhibition," 8 Apr. 2021 The show will be cast from second-year students in the conservatory. oregonlive, "9 theatrical experiences to add to your calendar: Portland spring arts guide," 23 Mar. 2021 The performing arts conservatory just introduced a streaming platform that offers digital performances of music, dance and drama. Washington Post, "Dance companies are finding their footing on streaming services," 15 Apr. 2021 The conservatory will offer a variety of programs for children ages 3 through high school and college, ranging from Conservatory Kids to the Summer Music Festival., "Rare Bibles, historical tours, and summer music programs," 1 Apr. 2021 During the project, crews uncovered and restored the conservatory room’s terrazzo floor, period bathroom tile work, and the concrete floor in the hotel’s cafe. San Diego Union-Tribune, "It’s official: Lafayette hotel sold for $25.8M," 18 Mar. 2021 Jeanne takes refuge at a party, where she is befriended by an eighteen-year-old conservatory student named Natacha (Florence Darel), who invites Jeanne to stay with her at her father’s large and comfortable apartment. Richard Brody, The New Yorker, "Looking Behind Éric Rohmer’s Cinematic Style," 24 Mar. 2021 The destination include a glass conservatory that in late March displays striking Himalayan blue poppies. Cameron Walker, New York Times, "Greet Spring With a Visit to a Public Garden," 20 Mar. 2021

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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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4 May 2021

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“Conservatory.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 15 May. 2021.

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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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