Definition of orphanage in English:


Syllabification: or·phan·age
Pronunciation: /ˈôrfənij


  • 1A residential institution for the care and education of orphans.
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    • 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.
  • 1.1 archaic The state or condition of being an orphan.
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    • A woman with AIDS, whose child faces not just the risk of early orphanage, but an early death.

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