Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. A greenhouse, especially one in which plants are arranged aesthetically for display, as at a botanical garden.
  • n. A school of music or dramatic art.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • adj. pertaining to conservation
  • n. That which preserves from injury.
  • n. A greenhouse or hothouse for the display of plants
  • n. A school of music or drama; a conservatoire

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. Having the quality of preserving from loss, decay, or injury.
  • n. That which preserves from injury.
  • n. A place for preserving anything from loss, decay, waste, or injury; particulary, a greenhouse for preserving exotic or tender plants.
  • n. A public place of instruction, designed to preserve and perfect the knowledge of some branch of science or art, esp. music.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Having the quality of preserving from loss, decay, or injury.
  • n. pl. conservatories (-riz).
  • n. A preservative.
  • n. A place for preserving or carefully keeping anything, as from loss, decay, waste, or injury; specifically, and commonly, a greenhouse for preserving exotics and other tender plants
  • n. A place of public instruction and training, designed to promote the study of some branch of Science or art.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. a greenhouse in which plants are arranged in a pleasing manner
  • n. the faculty and students of a school specializing in one of the fine arts
  • n. a schoolhouse with special facilities for fine arts

Etymologies

conserve +‎ -atory (Wiktionary)

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