residential institution devoted to the care of orphans

An orphanage is an institution that takes in and cares for orphans.[1] It can also mean the state of being an orphan.[1]

An orphanage in Johor, Malaysia.

Historically it was very often the church or the state who cared for orphans.[source?] Children in orphanages may have suffered from child abuse or trauma from their parents.


Notes and references

  1. 1.0 1.1 Macmillan Dictionary for Students Macmillan, Pan Ltd. (1981), page 711. Retrieved 2010-7-21.