• WordNet 3.6
    • n fosterage helping someone grow up to be an accepted member of the community "they debated whether nature or nurture was more important"
    • n fosterage encouragement; aiding the development of something
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • n Fosterage The care of a foster child; the charge of nursing.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n fosterage The act of fostering, nursing:, or nourishing; specifically, the rearing of another's child as one's own, in the relation of foster-parent and foster-child.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • ns Fosterage the act of fostering or nursing
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
A.S. fóstrian, to nourish, fóstor, food.


In literature:

There still remains in the Islands, though it is passing fast away, the custom of fosterage.
"A Journey to the Western Isles of Scotland" by Samuel Johnson
Fosterage, Custom of, 39.
"The Mirror of Literature, Amusement, and Instruction." by Various
Marriage and fosterage between the English and Irish are forbidden, and declared to be high treason.
"The Story Of Ireland" by Emily Lawless
There still remains in the Hebrides, though it is passing fast away, the custom of fosterage.
"The Mirror of Literature, Amusement, and Instruction, Vol. 12, Issue 323, July 19, 1828" by Various
A child in fosterage was reared and educated suitably for the position it was destined to fill in life.
"Encyclopaedia Britannica, 11th Edition, Volume 4, Slice 4" by Various
I was always a dependent thing, wanting fosterage and support.
"The Life and Letters of Mary Wollstonecraft Shelley, Volume II (of 2)" by Florence A. Thomas Marshall
He has come to claim, as gossip-law allows, the fosterage of MacWilliam's son.
"The Catholic World; Volume I, Issues 1-6" by E. Rameur
Fosterage might be undertaken out of affection or for payment.
"Encyclopaedia Britannica, 11th Edition, Volume 14, Slice 7" by Various
For one year the child was nursed in the house of his parents, and was then taken away by Bishop Erc to be placed under saintly fosterage.
"Insula Sanctorum et Doctorum" by John Healy