foundling

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noun found·ling \ˈfau̇n(d)-liŋ\

Definition of foundling

  1. :  an infant found after its unknown parents have abandoned it

14th Century

First Known Use of foundling

14th century


FOUNDLING Defined for English Language Learners

foundling

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noun found·ling \ˈfau̇n(d)-liŋ\

Definition of foundling for English Language Learners

  • : a baby that is found after being left by its parents


Medical Dictionary

foundling

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noun found·ling \ˈfau̇n-(d)liŋ\

Medical Definition of foundling

  1. :  an infant found after its unknown parents have abandoned it


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