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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
1530-1540
1530-40; orphan + -age
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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
orphanage
1570s, "condition of being an orphan," from orphan + -age. Meaning "home for orphans" is from 1865.
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