conservatory

noun

con·​ser·​va·​to·​ry kən-ˈsər-və-ˌtȯr-ē How to pronounce conservatory (audio)
plural conservatories
1
: a greenhouse for growing or displaying plants
2
: a school specializing in one of the fine arts
a music conservatory

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 In contrast, the extravagant master bathroom with its wide windows overlooking the garden reminds Whitacre of a classic conservatory. Maria L. La Ganga, Idaho Statesman, 31 Jan. 2024 Miles Teller is a freshman drummer at a major conservatory who wants to be the next Buddy Rich, and J.K. Simmons won an Oscar playing the kid's abusive, perfectionist jazz band director from hell. Brian Truitt, USA TODAY, 18 Jan. 2024 The city seemed skeptical of outsiders, and the atmosphere at the conservatory could be tense. Jeffrey Arlo Brown, New York Times, 17 Jan. 2024 Stroll through Windows to the Tropics, a large conservatory in which rare palms, ferns and tropical plants thrive year-round. Miami Staff, Miami Herald, 30 Jan. 2024 Morgan completed his bachelor’s and master’s degree programs at the University of Maryland and residencies at more than 20 conservatories and institutions of higher learning. Marcia Luttrell, San Diego Union-Tribune, 21 Jan. 2024 For filming, the conservatory’s glass ceiling was lit blue to give it some extra holiday magic. Kelsie Gibson, Peoplemag, 7 Dec. 2023 The building features more than 13,000 square feet of amenities, including an outdoor conservatory favored for co-working and happy hours. Jeffrey Steele, Forbes, 29 Nov. 2023 For college, Harris went to the acting conservatory at DePaul University, in Chicago. Vinson Cunningham, The New Yorker, 18 Sep. 2023 See More

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Word History

Etymology

borrowed from Late Latin conservātōrium "something that preserves" (Medieval Latin, "fish pond"), from Latin conservāre "to save or keep from danger, preserve" + -tōrium, suffix of places (from neuter of -tōrius, deverbal adjective suffix originally forming derivatives from agent nouns ending in -tōr-, -tor); (sense 2) after Italian conservatorio, originally denoting a home for foundlings and orphans who were given a musical education — more at conserve entry 1

First Known Use

1664, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of conservatory was in 1664

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Cite this Entry

“Conservatory.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/conservatory. Accessed 4 Mar. 2024.

Kids Definition

conservatory

noun
con·​ser·​va·​to·​ry kən-ˈsər-və-ˌtōr-ē How to pronounce conservatory (audio)
-ˌtȯr-
plural conservatories
1
: a greenhouse for growing or displaying plants
2
: a place of instruction in some special study (as music)

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