orphanage

[ awr-fuh-nij ]
/ ˈɔr fə nɪdʒ /

noun

an institution for the housing and care of orphans.
the state of being an orphan; orphanhood.
Archaic. orphans collectively.

Nearby words

  1. orozco, josé clemente,
  2. orpen,
  3. orphan,
  4. orphan drug,
  5. orphan virus,
  6. orphans' court,
  7. orpharion,
  8. orphean,
  9. orpheus,
  10. orpheus and eurydice

Origin of orphanage

First recorded in 1530–40; orphan + -age

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British Dictionary definitions for orphanage

orphanage

/ (ˈɔːfənɪdʒ) /

noun

an institution for orphans and abandoned children
the state of being an orphan
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Word Origin and History for orphanage

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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