orphanage

orphanage

[awr-fuh-nij]
noun
1.
an institution for the housing and care of orphans.
2.
the state of being an orphan; orphanhood.
3.
Archaic. orphans collectively.

Origin:
1530–40; orphan + -age

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orphanage (ˈɔːfənɪdʒ)
 
n
1.  an institution for orphans and abandoned children
2.  the state of being an orphan

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