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from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

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

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

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

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

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

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

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

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

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

Etymologies

Attested since the 1570s; orphan +‎ -age. (Wiktionary)

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