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.

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That November, a group that included South Main members Henry and Maggie Hill traveled with Buckner to serve at Russian orphanages. Tracy Maness, Houston Chronicle, "A Mission of Love: Church collects shoes for children," 22 July 2019 In a piece that went viral in 2014, writer Pippa Biddle slammed her six years of voluntourism experiences, including building a library at an orphanage. Ken Budd, National Geographic, "Does voluntourism help? Here are the questions to ask before you go," 27 June 2019 After the Wedding follows a charity worker named Isabel (Michelle Williams) who works at an underfunded orphanage in Kolkata. Joey Nolfi, EW.com, "Julianne Moore has a dark secret in exclusive After the Wedding trailer," 6 June 2019 United by a close friendship born at the orphanage in which they were raised, the pair has been separated for a period when the movie starts. David Mermelstein, WSJ, "Cinematic Treasures From an Unexpected Place," 22 Jan. 2019 Most orphanages have a minimum of 100 beds mandated by the government, and some are much larger. Yanan Wang And Dake Kang, Fox News, "China distances children from families to subdue Muslim west," 20 Sep. 2018 Prosecutors told jurors, however, that Mathews lied about how his daughter died, gave conflicting accounts of what transpired and showed no remorse over the death of his daughter, who was adopted from an orphanage in India. Washington Post, "Texas man gets life sentence in 3-year-old daughter’s death," 26 June 2019 Sherin was adopted from an orphanage in Nalanda, a city in India's eastern state of Bihar, in 2016. Alisha Ebrahimji, CNN, "Texas father sentenced to life in prison for the death of his 3-year-old adopted daughter," 26 June 2019 His parents adopted him from an orphanage in Nova Iguaçu, a Rio municipality interspersed with slums controlled by heavily armed drug traffickers and paramilitary groups. Peter Prengaman, Fox News, "'I'm an American': Deported adoptee struggles in Brazil," 5 June 2019

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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 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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