[kuhn-sur-vuh-tawr-ee, -tohr-ee]
noun, plural conservatories.
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.
serving or adapted to conserve; preservative.

1555–65; < Latin conservā(re) (see conserve) + -tory2; in the sense “music school” < French or Italian; see conservatoire Unabridged
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conservatory (kənˈsɜːvətrɪ)
n , pl -tories
1.  a greenhouse, esp one attached to a house
2.  another word for conservatoire
3.  preservative

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Word Origin & History

"greenhouse," 1660s, from conserve. In sense "school for performing arts" it is recorded from 1842, from It. conservatorio or Fr. conservatoire, originally "hospital for foundlings in which musical education was given."
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Example sentences
Certainly he was unintellectual, without conservatory training and barely able
  to read music.
It's the same as saying that no music conservatory should have composition
Drawing room, bar, south-facing conservatory restaurant with terrace for al
  fresco dining.
The klezmer's conservatory was the synagogue, his music the prayers and his
  teacher the cantor.
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