Definition of Orphanage

1. Noun. The condition of being a child without living parents. "His early orphanage shaped his character as an adult"

Exact synonyms: Orphanhood
Generic synonyms: Condition
Derivative terms: Orphan

2. Noun. A public institution for the care of orphans.
Exact synonyms: Orphans' Asylum
Generic synonyms: Institution
Derivative terms: Orphan

Definition of Orphanage

1. n. The state of being an orphan; orphanhood; orphans, collectively.

Definition of Orphanage

1. Noun. A public institution for the care and protection of orphans. ¹

2. Noun. (obsolete) Orphanhood; the state of being an orphan. ¹

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Definition of Orphanage

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Lexicographical Neighbors of Orphanage

orphan asylum
orphan disease
orphan drug
orphan drug act
orphan drug production
orphan drugs
orphan medicine
orphan products
orphan site
orphan virus
orphan viruses
orphanage (current term)

Literary usage of Orphanage

Below you will find example usage of this term as found in modern and/or classical literature:

1. The Catholic Encyclopedia: An International Work of Reference on the by Charles George Herbermann, Edward Aloysius Pace, Condé Bénoist Pallen, Thomas Joseph Shahan, John Joseph Wynne (1913)
"orphanage for boys at ... with 15 inmates; Holy Angels' orphanage, for girls, Trivandrum, with 83 inmates; ... with 21 orphans; Infant Jesus orphanage, ..."

2. Death by Default: A Policy of Fatal Neglect in China's State Orphanages by Robin Munro (1996)
"UNNATURAL DEATHS AT THE SHANGHAI orphanage The Shanghai Children's Welfare Institute Despite the outwardly normal appearance of daily life at the Shanghai ..."

3. Christian Missions and Social Progress: A Sociological Study of Foreign Missions by James Shepard Dennis (1899)
"At Shanghai, St. Mary's orphanage, of the Protestant Episcopal Mission, reports 4o girls. Other institutions are at Nanking, ..."

4. Abandoned to the State: Cruelty and Neglect in Russian Orphanages by Kathleen Hunt (1999)
"Corporal punishment by orphanage director and staff In order to speak candidly with school-aged orphans in Moscow, Human Rights Watch arranged to meet a ..."

5. English Colonies in America by John Andrew Doyle (1907)
"Having obtained from the trustees a grant of five hundred acres he founded his projected orphanage, and his management of it soon brought him into direct ..."

6. From the Usher's Desk to the Tabernacle Pulpit: The Life and Labors of by Robert Shindler (1892)
"At the fete on June 19th, there will be a sale of goods on behalf of the Girls' orphanage. There will be no pressing of this matter, for we have a firm ..."

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