or·​phan·​age ˈȯr-fə-nij How to pronounce orphanage (audio)
: the state of being an orphan
: 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 film about a woman doctor who takes up a job in an orphanage, only to find that the place is haunted, is directed by Leak Lyda. Patrick Frater, Variety, 9 May 2024 There was also an orphanage for the children of inmates who’d given birth while incarcerated. Brittney Griner, TIME, 3 May 2024 See all Example Sentences for orphanage 

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Word History


orphan entry 1 + -age, after Middle Frenchorphelinage

First Known Use

1579, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of orphanage was in 1579

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“Orphanage.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/orphanage. Accessed 24 May. 2024.

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or·​phan·​age ˈȯrf-(ə-)nij How to pronounce orphanage (audio)
: an institution for the care of orphans

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