conservatory 1560s, "preservative;" 1660s, "greenhouse," from stem of CONSERVATION (Cf. conservation) + -ORY (Cf. -ory). 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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  • Conservatory — Con*serv a*to*ry, n. [Cf. F. conservatoire, LL. conservatorium.] 1. That which preserves from injury. [Obs.] A conservatory of life. Jer. Taylor. [1913 Webster] 2. A place for preserving anything from loss, decay, waste, or injury; particulary, a …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

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  • Conservatory — Con*serv a*to*ry, a. [Cf. F. conservatoire, LL. conservatorius.] Having the quality of preserving from loss, decay, or injury. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

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