orphanage

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Etymology[edit]

Attested since the 1570s; orphan +‎ -age.

Pronunciation[edit]

  • IPA(key): /ˈɔː(ɹ)fənɪd͡ʒ/

Noun[edit]

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orphanage (countable and uncountable, plural orphanages)

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

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References[edit]

  • orphanage” in Douglas Harper, Online Etymology Dictionary, 2001–2017.