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."

Definitions of conservatory
  1. noun
    a schoolhouse with special facilities for fine arts
    synonyms: conservatoire
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    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
  2. noun
    the faculty and students of a school specializing in one of the fine arts
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    music school, school of music
    a school for the study of music
    type of:
    an educational institution
  3. noun
    a greenhouse in which plants are arranged in a pleasing manner
    synonyms: hothouse, indoor garden
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    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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