observatory

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noun ob·ser·va·to·ry \əb-ˈzər-və-ˌtȯr-ē\

Definition of observatory

plural

observatories

  1. 1 :  a building or place given over to or equipped for observation of natural phenomena (as in astronomy); also :  an institution whose primary purpose is making such observations

  2. 2 :  a situation or structure commanding a wide view

Examples of observatory in a sentence

  1. <the observatory is located on a mountaintop>

Origin and Etymology of observatory

probably from New Latin observatorium, from Latin observare


First Known Use: 1673


OBSERVATORY Defined for English Language Learners

observatory

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noun ob·ser·va·to·ry \əb-ˈzər-və-ˌtȯr-ē\

Definition of observatory for English Language Learners

  • : a special building for studying stars, planets, weather, etc. : a building from which scientists study and watch the sky


OBSERVATORY Defined for Kids

observatory

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noun ob·ser·va·to·ry \əb-ˈzər-və-ˌtȯr-ē\

Definition of observatory for Students

plural

observatories

  1. :  a place that has instruments for making observations (as of the stars)



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