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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
1530-40; orphan + -age
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  • There was one woman at the orphanage who was always good to me.

  • After dinner she went off to Westminster in search of the orphanage.

    The Christian Hall Caine
  • The orphanage is a large red-brick building standing in Randolph Gardens.

    Mayfair, Belgravia, and Bayswater Geraldine Edith Mitton
  • But I stopped long enough at the orphanage to ask about the poor baby.

    Highacres Jane Abbott
  • It's as though I had to collect some money for an orphanage from a people who'd never heard of charity.

    The Message Alec John Dawson
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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