or·​phan·​age | \ ˈȯr-fə-nij , 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.

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Rescuers or the smugglers helping them placed the babies in orphanages in Syria and Iraq, or gave them to Muslim or Christian families. Isabel Coles And, WSJ, "Nisreen’s Choice: Women Rescued From Islamic State Are Told to Leave Children Behind," 23 Aug. 2018 Proudly posting a video of his fiancee on Instagram, Jonas revealed that the pair had taken time to visit an orphanage in Mumbai on Sunday, where Priyanka clearly made one girl's day by challenging her to a dance off. Lucy Wood, Marie Claire, "Priyanka Chopra and Nick Jonas Visited an Orphanage," 20 Aug. 2018 Former detainees say they were forced to disavow their Islamic beliefs in the camps, while children of detainees are being placed in dozens of orphanages across the region. Yanan Wang, The Seattle Times, "China says interning Muslims brings them into ‘modern’ world," 16 Oct. 2018 Now there is evidence that the government is placing the children of detainees and exiles into dozens of orphanages across Xinjiang. Yanan Wang And Dake Kang, Fox News, "China distances children from families to subdue Muslim west," 21 Sep. 2018 The archive includes images of her meeting with children from orphanages, her speaking engagements at schools for students with disabilities, and her outreach to agencies that helped impoverished children. Deneen L. Brown, Washington Post, "Massive Helen Keller archive reveals little-known details about the advocate’s extraordinary life," 1 July 2018 Stimmel had been on a weeklong mission with a group of youths from his church to serve the children of an orphanage. Tod Leonard, sandiegouniontribune.com, "From riots in Haiti to golf in San Diego: A teen's harrowing trip to play in Junior World," 10 July 2018 The Olympian was raised in Louisville from the age of 13 after being adopted from a Ukrainian orphanage by Dr. Gay Masters, a University of Louisville speech pathologist. Kirby Adams, The Courier-Journal, "It's a big week for Olympic athletes from Kentucky returning home," 6 July 2018 In the video, 60 dresses crafted by Heft and some fellow church mates were delivered to an orphanage by her granddaughter and grandson-in-law, who serves as the Department's community outreach coordinator. Monique O. Madan, miamiherald, "Florida cops deliver dresses made by a 99-year-old woman to orphans in Puerto Rico," 10 June 2018

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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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English Language Learners Definition of orphanage

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


or·​phan·​age | \ ˈȯr-fə-nij \

Kids Definition of orphanage

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

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