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conservatory

[kuh n-sur-vuh-tawr-ee, -tohr-ee] /kənˈsɜr vəˌtɔr i, -ˌtoʊr i/
noun, plural conservatories.
1.
a school giving instruction in one or more of the fine or dramatic arts; specifically, a school of music.
2.
a greenhouse, usually attached to a dwelling, for growing and displaying plants.
3.
Archaic. a place where things are preserved.
adjective
4.
serving or adapted to conserve; preservative.
Origin of conservatory
1555-1565
1555-65; < Latin conservā(re) (see conserve) + -tory2; in the sense “music school” < French or Italian; see conservatoire
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conservatory

/kənˈsɜːvətrɪ/
noun (pl) -tories
1.
a greenhouse, esp one attached to a house
2.
another word for conservatoire
adjective
3.
preservative
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Word Origin and History for conservatory
n.

1560s, "preservative;" 1660s, "greenhouse," from stem of conservation + -ory. In sense "school for performing arts" it is recorded from 1842, from Italian conservatorio or French conservatoire, originally "hospital for foundlings in which musical education was given."

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