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conservatory

[ kuhn-sur-vuh-tawr-ee, -tohr-ee ]
/ kənˈsɜr vəˌtɔr i, -ˌtoʊr i /
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noun, plural con·serv·a·to·ries.

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.

adjective

serving or adapted to conserve; preservative.

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Origin of conservatory

1555–65; <Latin conservā(re) (see conserve) + -tory2; in the sense “music school” <French or Italian; see conservatoire
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British Dictionary definitions for conservatory

conservatory
/ (kənˈsɜːvətrɪ) /

noun plural -tories

a greenhouse, esp one attached to a house
another word for conservatoire

adjective

preservative
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