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from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • noun A public institution for the care and protection of children without parents.
  • noun The condition of being a child without parents.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun The state of being an orphan.
  • noun An institution or home for orphans.
  • noun Orphans collectively.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • noun The state of being an orphan; orphanhood; orphans, collectively.
  • noun An institution or asylum for the care of orphans.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • noun A public institution for the care and protection of orphans.
  • noun obsolete Orphanhood; the state of being an orphan.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • noun the condition of being a child without living parents
  • noun a public institution for the care of orphans

Etymologies

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

Attested since the 1570s; orphan +‎ -age.

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