[kuh n-sur-vuh-tawr-ee, -tohr-ee]
- a school giving instruction in one or more of the fine or dramatic arts; specifically, a school of music.
- a greenhouse, usually attached to a dwelling, for growing and displaying plants.
- Archaic. a place where things are preserved.
- serving or adapted to conserve; preservative.
Origin of conservatory
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Examples from the Web for conservatory
They meet generally in the Kiev Conservatory, an imposing 1890s-era building overlooking Independence Square.Inside The EuroMaidan’s Circle Of Trust
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He used his savings for the voyage across the Atlantic, but was left with no tuition money to attend the conservatory.The Black Count of Russia
March 17, 2013
Or the latest suspects: Martha Raddatz and Candy Crowley in the conservatory with the lead pipe.Republicans Allowed Karl Rove to Mislead Them Again
November 17, 2012
Born in Erie, Pennsylvania, he earned a degree in fine arts from the renowned Boston Conservatory of Music.Broadway's New Queen
March 17, 2011
By night, sit inside the main dining room; by day, try the conservatory up front.How to Get the VIP Treatment in Moscow
February 27, 2010
Every window was filled with them, until the room seemed like a conservatory.The Yates Pride
Mary E. Wilkins Freeman
We were alone, Effie was attending to her plants in the conservatory.
They heard a crash in the conservatory, but both were too excited to mind it.
Was it the hand of fate most terrible that guided her toward the conservatory?
I opened the conservatory door, and in he rushed like a hunted rabbit.Masterpieces of Mystery
- a greenhouse, esp one attached to a house
- another word for conservatoire
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Word Origin and History for conservatory
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