[ kuh n-sur-vuh-twahr, -sur-vuh-twahr; French kawn-ser-va-twar ]
/ kənˌsɜr vəˈtwɑr, -ˈsɜr vəˌtwɑr; French kɔ̃ sɛr vaˈtwar /

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/.

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 Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for conservatoire

British Dictionary definitions for conservatoire


/ (kənˈsɜːvəˌtwɑː) /


an institution or school for instruction in musicAlso called: conservatory

Word Origin for conservatoire

C18: from French: conservatory
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012