Observatory definition

əb-zûrvə-tôrē
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A structure overlooking an extensive view.
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A building, place, or institution designed and equipped for making observations of astronomical, meteorological, or other natural phenomena.
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Any building or place providing an extensive view of the surrounding terrain.
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A building equipped for scientific observation, esp. such a building with a large telescope for astronomical research.
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An institution for such research.
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A place where stars, planets and other celestial bodies are observed, usually through a telescope.
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Other Word Forms

Noun

Singular:
observatory
Plural:
observatories

Origin of observatory

  • French observatoire (influenced by conservatory) from observer to observe from Old French observe

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • From the participle stem of Latin observāre +"Ž -ory.

    From Wiktionary