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conservatoire

[kuh n-sur-vuh-twahr, -sur-vuh-twahr; French kawn-ser-va-twar]
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noun, plural con·ser·va·toires [kuh n-sur-vuh-twahrz, -sur-vuh-twahrz; French kawn-ser-va-twar] /kənˌsɜr vəˈtwɑrz, -ˈsɜr vəˌtwɑrz; French kɔ̃ sɛr vaˈtwar/.
  1. a conservatory, as of music or theatrical arts.
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Origin of conservatoire

1765–75; < French < Italian conservatorio conservatory, orig., orphanage; early schools of music originated in orphanages where a musical education was given
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Historical Examples

  • I was very angry with him, for this idea of the Conservatoire was his.

    My Double Life

    Sarah Bernhardt

  • I recognised Lontine's sister, as she had come several times to the Conservatoire.

    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

  • 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


British Dictionary definitions for conservatoire

conservatoire

noun
  1. an institution or school for instruction in musicAlso called: conservatory
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Word Origin

C18: from French: conservatory
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