Definition of conservatoire noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



BrE BrE//kənˈsɜːvətwɑː(r)//
; NAmE NAmE//kənˈsɜːrvətwɑːr//
(British English) (North American English conservatory) Higher education institutions
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a school or college at which people are trained in music and theatre See related entries: Higher education institutions Word Originlate 18th cent.: French, from Italian conservatorio, from late Latin conservatorium, from conservare ‘to preserve’, from con- ‘together’ + servare ‘to keep’. Compare with conservatory.