Definition of conservatory in English:

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Pronunciation: /kənˈsərvəˌtôrē/

noun (plural conservatories)

1North American A college for the study of classical music or other arts.
Example sentences
  • We are the musicians who teach in our home studios, conservatories and colleges, community centers and schools.
  • Of these, eleven are schools or conservatories of music, while the remaining fifty or so have departments of music.
  • Modern conservatories teach young musicians to be athletes, not poets or magicians.
conservatoire, music school, drama school
2A room with a glass roof and walls, attached to a house at one side and used as a greenhouse or a sun parlor.
Example sentences
  • It's so light now with the conservatory's glass roof and floor to ceiling windows.
  • There are also proposals to put a roof on the conservatory in this area to house more plants for sale and put in a terrace where visitors can sit.
  • The company has reported a huge rise in car windows being smashed, bodywork dented and wing mirrors broken and it is bracing itself for the next wave of claims to include broken windows in houses, conservatories, sheds and greenhouses.


Mid 16th century (denoting something that preserves): from late Latin conservatorium, from conservare 'to preserve' (see conserve).

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Syllabification: con·serv·a·to·ry

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