orphanage

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Etymology[edit]

Attested since the 1570s; orphan +‎ -age.

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orphanage (plural orphanages)

  1. A public institution for the care and protection of orphans.
  2. (obsolete) Orphanhood; the state of being an orphan.

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  • orphanage” in Douglas Harper, Online Etymology Dictionary (2001).