orphanage


orphanage

noun

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

noun

  1. an institution for orphans and abandoned children
  2. the state of being an orphan

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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