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conservatory Line breaks: con|ser¦va|tory
Pronunciation: /kənˈsəːvət(ə)ri/

Definition of conservatory in English:

noun (plural conservatories)

1British A room with a glass roof and walls, attached to a house at one side and used as a sun lounge or for growing delicate plants: keep plant cuttings in a frost-free conservatory or greenhouse
More 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.
2North American another term for conservatoire.
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, academy/institute of music/drama


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

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