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: the state of being an orphan
: an institution for the care of orphans
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1579, in the meaning defined at sense 1
orphan entry 1 + -age, after Middle Frenchorphelinage
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: a place where children whose parents have died can live and be cared for : a home for orphans
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: a place where children who have lost their parents live and are cared for
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