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orphan

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noun or·phan \ˈȯr-fən\

Simple Definition of orphan

  • : a child whose parents are dead

Full Definition of orphan

  1. 1 :  a child deprived by death of one or usually both parents

  2. 2 :  a young animal that has lost its mother

  3. 3 :  one deprived of some protection or advantage <orphans of the storm>

  4. 4 :  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 play \-ˌhu̇d\ 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


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orphan

verb or·phan

Simple Definition of orphan

  • : to cause (a child) to become an orphan

Full Definition of orphan

or·phanedor·phan·ing play \ˈȯr-fə-niŋ, ˈȯrf-niŋ\

  1. transitive verb
  2. :  to cause to become an orphan

1814

First Known Use of orphan

1814



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