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[kuh n-sur-vuh-twahr, -sur-vuh-twahr; French kawn-ser-va-twar] /kənˌsɜr vəˈtwɑr, -ˈsɜr vəˌtwɑr; French kɔ̃ sɛr vaˈtwar/
noun, plural conservatoires
[kuh n-sur-vuh-twahrz, -sur-vuh-twahrz; French kawn-ser-va-twar] /kənˌsɜr vəˈtwɑrz, -ˈsɜr vəˌtwɑrz; French kɔ̃ sɛr vaˈtwar/ (Show IPA)
a conservatory, as of music or theatrical arts.
Origin of conservatoire
1765-75; < French < Italian conservatorio conservatory, orig., orphanage; early schools of music originated in orphanages where a musical education was given Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
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Examples from the Web for conservatoire
Historical Examples
  • I was very angry with him, for this idea of the conservatoire was his.

    My Double Life Sarah Bernhardt
  • I had forgotten that he was director of the conservatoire, just as I had forgotten everything else.

    My Double Life Sarah Bernhardt
  • Every morning I went to the conservatoire with my governess.

    My Double Life Sarah Bernhardt
  • I recognised Lontine's sister, as she had come several times to the conservatoire.

    My Double Life Sarah Bernhardt
  • This flour-dealer was the one who had asked me to be his wife when I was at the conservatoire.

    My Double Life Sarah Bernhardt
  • Thus Sarah Bernhardt, for it was she, entered the conservatoire.

  • He made many Violins, several of which were given as prizes at the Paris conservatoire.

    The Violin George Hart
  • Since a year ago he has been in the conservatoire, and studies in Alard's class.

  • We shall notice his six brilliant 'Studies for the conservatoire.'

  • He had the impudence to tell me that he came from the conservatoire.

    The Belovd Vagabond William J. Locke
British Dictionary definitions for conservatoire


an institution or school for instruction in music Also called conservatory
Word Origin
C18: from French: conservatory
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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