Definition of conservatory in US English:



  • 1North American A college for the study of classical music or other arts.

    • ‘Modern conservatories teach young musicians to be athletes, not poets or magicians.’
    • ‘Every year there stream from the conservatories five talented females to each single talented male.’
    • ‘Poland has ten symphony orchestras, seventeen conservatories, over one hundred music schools, and almost one thousand music centers.’
    • ‘He chooses two players from the small conservatory he's part of - no one gets paid for this.’
    • ‘So, off he goes every Saturday to the conservatory to take class at the barre.’
    • ‘Extending broadband learning across organizationally diverse participants, including schools, universities, conservatories, industry, and cultural organizations.’
    • ‘When I returned to Albania in the early 1960s, the Russian musical influence was quite strong since there were dozens of students who had studied in the Soviet conservatories.’
    • ‘He says he'll eventually return to Togo and music and open a music conservatory.’
    • ‘He had planned to announce his hope to send her to the conservatory at Christmastime.’
    • ‘She plays the violin and has hopes of eventually attending the conservatory.’
    • ‘At the postsecondary level, there are many state-supported conservatories and art schools.’
    • ‘We are the musicians who teach in our home studios, conservatories and colleges, community centers and schools.’
    • ‘Musical training is, of course, what goes on in our conservatories, and at its most fruitful it produces instrumental technicians of an astonishing virtuosity.’
    • ‘He entered the conservatory in Minsk, fleeing to Tashkent ahead of the next German onslaught.’
    • ‘Of these, eleven are schools or conservatories of music, while the remaining fifty or so have departments of music.’
    • ‘The entry to the conservatory at the north will be flanked by the butterfly flight house and auditorium.’
    • ‘Summer Stock is a public conservatory for Calgary performing arts students.’
    • ‘Austrian children have compulsory music and art classes in primary and secondary schools, and private music schools and conservatories abound.’
    • ‘I studied cello at the conservatories in Krakow and Warsaw, but he is the one who was my greatest inspiration.’
    • ‘He once told her that he'd gone to a conservatory in Chicago to study opera.’
    conservatoire, music school, drama school, academy of drama, academy of music, institute of drama, institute of music
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  • 2A room with a glass roof and walls, attached to a house at one side and used as a greenhouse or a sun parlor.

    • ‘It's so light now with the conservatory's glass roof and floor to ceiling windows.’
    • ‘The conservatories are humidified with rainwater.’
    • ‘Undoubtedly the most decorative way of growing plants under glass is in a garden room or conservatory.’
    • ‘His responsibilities in the research and extension program involve pest management in greenhouses, nurseries, landscapes, turfgrass, conservatories, and interiorscapes.’
    • ‘Extensions are also a good idea but this tends to be much more involved than simply converting a loft of tacking on a conservatory to the side of your house.’
    • ‘The third reception room at this level is a spacious conservatory off the living room.’
    • ‘Some even had internal decoration, so it is easy to see why they became popular for holding flower arrangements in living rooms and conservatories.’
    • ‘There are also proposals to put a roof on the conservatory in this area to house more plants for sale and put in a terrace where visitors can sit.’
    • ‘There is a guest bathroom at one end of the conservatory and a utility room at the other.’
    • ‘It believes that offering scenes set in abandoned barns and ivy covered, crumbling conservatories will add a sinister shimmer to the formula.’
    • ‘There were unusual curved panes of glass in the roof of the conservatory.’
    • ‘The conservatory is framed by two anchor points, the entrance at the east end and the orangery to the west.’
    • ‘There is also a conservatory, dining room, double bedroom with cast iron fireplace and utility room.’
    • ‘The conservatory was more like a patio covered in white, red and peach flowers in many pots and in beds of soil.’
    • ‘The kitchen has service hatches linking it to the conservatory and living room and it is at the heart of the house.’
    • ‘The company has reported a huge rise in car windows being smashed, bodywork dented and wing mirrors broken and it is bracing itself for the next wave of claims to include broken windows in houses, conservatories, sheds and greenhouses.’
    • ‘As the garden is both long and wide, it is possible a new owner might add a conservatory to the sitting room, or extend the kitchen.’
    • ‘A delightful feature of the house is the conservatory at the side, with its bevelled coloured windows.’
    • ‘So many people thinking of a conservatory forget about the garden and then live to regret it!’
    • ‘On the first floor was the living room, dining room, a conservatory that led onto a small garden, a kitchen, and a bathroom.’
    greenhouse, glasshouse, hothouse
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Mid 16th century (denoting something that preserves): from late Latin conservatorium, from conservare ‘to preserve’ (see conserve).