Definition of orphanage in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˈɔːf(ə)nɪdʒ/


1A residential institution for the care and education of orphans.
Example sentences
  • Some children are abandoned and end up in orphanages, which have a difficult time caring for them.
  • Orphans from orphanages in northeastern Bulgaria work on the farm and produce milk from the cows.
  • She spent her childhood in orphanages, reform schools, and mental institutions.
2 [mass noun] archaic The state or condition of being an orphan.
Example sentences
  • A woman with AIDS, whose child faces not just the risk of early orphanage, but an early death.
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