or·​phan·​age | \ ˈȯr-fə-nij How to pronounce orphanage (audio) , ˈȯrf-nij \

Definition of orphanage

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

Examples of orphanage in a Sentence

After the death of his parents, he was raised in an orphanage.
Recent Examples on the Web The girl is offloaded onto neighbors when her mother is hospitalized, eventually winding up in an orphanage. David Rooney, The Hollywood Reporter, 8 Sep. 2022 Partly raised in an orphanage, Del Vecchio’s rags-to-riches story mirrored Italy’s own recovery after World War Two. Reuters, NBC News, 27 June 2022 Born in Milan on May 22, 1935, Mr. Del Vecchio was raised in an orphanage. New York Times, 27 June 2022 Directed by Tushar Tyagi, the film is the story of an American Indian gay couple who travel to India to adopt a child living with HIV in an orphanage. Patrick Frater, Variety, 9 June 2022 Song Kang Ho plays a debt-ridden dry cleaner, Sand-hyun, who would rather see babies in the care of parents rather than grow up in an orphanage. Sheena Scott, Forbes, 28 May 2022 Ferrer Van Ginkel was 3 when she and her two sisters were put in an orphanage by her grandmother, who couldn’t afford to care for them. Los Angeles Times, 28 May 2022 Sheptitchka ended up in an orphanage after completing only four years of school. Globe Staff, BostonGlobe.com, 13 Mar. 2022 Problems of unlikability are compounded by an unusually spry Leatherface (Mark Burnham), who should be hitting 75 by now but is, for some reason, parked in an orphanage. Joshua Rothkopf, EW.com, 19 Feb. 2022 See More

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First Known Use of orphanage

1579, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for orphanage

orphan entry 1 + -age, after Middle Frenchorphelinage

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23 Sep 2022

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“Orphanage.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/orphanage. Accessed 25 Sep. 2022.

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More Definitions for orphanage


or·​phan·​age | \ ˈȯr-fə-nij How to pronounce orphanage (audio) \

Kids Definition of orphanage

: a place where children who have lost their parents live and are cared for

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