noun or·phan·age \ˈr-fə-nij, ˈrf-nij\

: a place where children whose parents have died can live and be cared for : a home for orphans

Full Definition of ORPHANAGE

:  the state of being an orphan
:  an institution for the care of orphans

Examples of ORPHANAGE

  1. After the death of his parents, he was raised in an orphanage.

First Known Use of ORPHANAGE

circa 1580


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