Origin of conservatoryfrom Modern Latin and It: Modern Latin conservatorium, a greenhouse from ML, a preserver from LL, neuter of conservatorius, preserving from conservatus, past participle of conservare; Italian conservatorio, a refuge, academy, conservatory from conservare from L: see conserve
- a room enclosed in glass, for growing and showing plants; noncommercial greenhouse
- a school, or academy, of the fine arts, specif. of music
- A greenhouse, especially one in which plants are arranged aesthetically for display, as at a botanical garden.
- A school for the study of performing arts or fine arts, especially music.
(comparative more conservatory, superlative most conservatory)
- (rare) pertaining to conservation
- Having the quality of preserving from loss, decay, or injury.
conserve + -atory