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Definition of "observatory" []

  • A building, place, or institution designed and equipped for making observations of astronomical, meteorological, or other natural phenomena. (noun)
  • A structure overlooking an extensive view. (noun)

American Heritage(R) Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright (c) 2011 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

Use "observatory" in a sentence
  • "The Abbé and I excused ourselves to Frances and Bettina, and went with the Doctor to the room which he called his observatory, where we came to the point very quickly: --"
  • ""This is what I call my observatory," said the hermit, turning to his guest."
  • "The observatory is being touted as an instrument with many uses for many people, but it has three main goals for the near term."