noun \ˈr-fən\

: a child whose parents are dead

Full Definition of ORPHAN

:  a child deprived by death of one or usually both parents
:  a young animal that has lost its mother
:  one deprived of some protection or advantage <orphans of the storm>
:  a first line (as of a paragraph) separated from its related text and appearing at the bottom of a printed page or column
orphan adjective
or·phan·hood \-ˌhd\ noun

Origin of ORPHAN

Middle English, from Late Latin orphanus, from Greek orphanos; akin to Old High German erbi inheritance, Latin orbus orphaned
First Known Use: 15th century


transitive verb

: to cause (a child) to become an orphan

or·phanedor·phan·ing \ˈr-fə-niŋ, ˈrf-niŋ\

Full Definition of ORPHAN

:  to cause to become an orphan

First Known Use of ORPHAN



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