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[kuh n-sur-vuh-twahr, -sur-vuh-twahr; French kawn-ser-va-twar] /kənˌsɜr vəˈtwɑr, -ˈsɜr vəˌtwɑr; French kɔ̃ sɛr vaˈtwar/
noun, plural conservatoires
[kuh n-sur-vuh-twahrz, -sur-vuh-twahrz; French kawn-ser-va-twar] /kənˌsɜr vəˈtwɑrz, -ˈsɜr vəˌtwɑrz; French kɔ̃ sɛr vaˈtwar/ (Show IPA)
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 Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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Examples from the Web for conservatoire
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  • She entered enthusiastically upon her musical studies, taking lessons of Madame Viardot and also at the conservatoire.

  • He made many Violins, several of which were given as prizes at the Paris conservatoire.

    The Violin George Hart
  • But if the grand opera procured him no pleasure he was compensated by the orchestral performances at the conservatoire de Musique.

    Wagner as I Knew Him Ferdinand Christian Wilhelm Praeger
  • Every morning I went to the conservatoire with my governess.

    My Double Life Sarah Bernhardt
  • A hideously decorated building opposite the papal palace—now the conservatoire de Musique—was formerly the papal mint.

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

    My Double Life Sarah Bernhardt
  • I had this on the authority of Mr. Gevart, the then director of the conservatoire and my firm friend.

  • 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
  • It was therefore determined the boy should go to Paris for a course in piano and theory at the conservatoire.

  • We shall notice his six brilliant 'Studies for the conservatoire.'

British Dictionary definitions for conservatoire


an institution or school for instruction in music Also called conservatory
Word Origin
C18: from French: conservatory
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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