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orphanage

[awr-fuh-nij] /ˈɔr fə nɪdʒ/
noun
1.
an institution for the housing and care of orphans.
2.
the state of being an orphan; orphanhood.
3.
Archaic. orphans collectively.
Origin of orphanage
1530-1540
First recorded in 1530-40; orphan + -age
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  • After dinner she went off to Westminster in search of the orphanage.

    The Christian Hall Caine
  • But I stopped long enough at the orphanage to ask about the poor baby.

    Highacres

    Jane Abbott
  • The next time she came to the hospital, Kate had much to ask her about the orphanage.

    Daybreak

    Florence A. Sitwell
  • That home of affluence was not mine,—it was only the asylum of my first days of orphanage.

    Ernest Linwood Caroline Lee Hentz
  • For several years they had supported a little girl at an orphanage.

British Dictionary definitions for orphanage

orphanage

/ˈɔːfənɪdʒ/
noun
1.
an institution for orphans and abandoned children
2.
the state of being an orphan
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Word Origin and History for orphanage
n.

1570s, "condition of being an orphan," from orphan (n.) + -age. Meaning "home for orphans" is from 1865 (earlier was orphan house, 1711).

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