Definitions

from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun An asylum or home for destitute orphan children.

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Examples

  • I knew I should never be able to learn all the rules and live up to the standards of that misplaced matron of an orphan-asylum.

    Madeleine: An Autobiography

  • Having grown accustomed to this style of dress as being the approved daytime garb of the profession, I was not prepared for the appearance of the sandy-haired, austere-looking woman, severely corseted and garbed in a plain, tightly fitting, high-collared dark-gray dress, who looked more like the severe matron of an orphan-asylum than the mistress of the most exclusive "house" in the United States.

    Madeleine: An Autobiography

  • In her costly evening gown she still had the appearance of an austere matron of an orphan-asylum, dressed in her Sunday best and awaiting a visit from the board of directors.

    Madeleine: An Autobiography

  • In her costly evening gown she still had the appearance of an austere matron of an orphan-asylum, dressed in her Sunday best and awaiting a visit from the board of directors.

    Madeleine An Autobiography

  • I knew I should never be able to learn all the rules and live up to the standards of that misplaced matron of an orphan-asylum.

    Madeleine An Autobiography

  • Having grown accustomed to this style of dress as being the approved daytime garb of the profession, I was not prepared for the appearance of the sandy-haired, austere-looking woman, severely corseted and garbed in a plain, tightly fitting, high-collared dark-gray dress, who looked more like the severe matron of an orphan-asylum than the mistress of the most exclusive "house" in the United States.

    Madeleine An Autobiography

  • Catholic school with 110 pupils, and one orphan-asylum for coloured children, conducted by the Oblate Sisters of Providence.

    The Catholic Encyclopedia, Volume 10: Mass Music-Newman

  • The pathos of the Belgian army is like the pathos of an orphan-asylum: it is unconscious.

    Golden Lads

  • "I left the top of the brooder open while I went for water the second day after hers and the incubator's had hatched, and when I came back she was just as you see her now, in possession of the entire orphan-asylum."

    The Golden Bird

  • She doesn't come to supper, orphan-asylum suppers being refreshments to stay from, not come to, but nearly always they make something on a chafing-dish.

    Mary Cary "Frequently Martha"

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