Pronunciation: (kun-sûr'vu-tôr"ē, -tōr"ē), [key]
—n., pl. -ries,
1. a school giving instruction in one or more of the fine or dramatic arts; specifically, a school of music.
2. a greenhouse, usually attached to a dwelling, for growing and displaying plants.
3. Archaic.a place where things are preserved.
serving or adapted to conserve; preservative.
Random House Unabridged Dictionary, Copyright © 1997, by Random House, Inc., on Infoplease.