conservatory

A conservatory is a place to grow. It could be one of those glass greenhouses where rare and delicate plants can thrive. Or it could be a place to grow your artistic talent — like a music conservatory.

A conservatory can conserve more than just plants; it can conserve culture, too. And so we have the conservatory as a school for the fine arts, in particular ballet and classical music — often known by their fancy French title, conservatoire. The word comes from the Latin word conservare, meaning "to preserve."

Primary Meanings of conservatory

1.
n
a schoolhouse with special facilities for fine arts
2.
n
a greenhouse in which plants are arranged in a pleasing manner
Full Definitions of conservatory
1

n a schoolhouse with special facilities for fine arts

Synonyms:
conservatoire
Types:
art school
a school specializing in art
music school
a school specializing in music
Type of:
school, schoolhouse
a building where young people receive education

n the faculty and students of a school specializing in one of the fine arts

Types:
music school, school of music
a school for the study of music
Type of:
school
an educational institution
2

n a greenhouse in which plants are arranged in a pleasing manner

Synonyms:
hothouse, indoor garden
Type of:
glasshouse, greenhouse, nursery
a building with glass walls and roof; for the cultivation and exhibition of plants under controlled conditions

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