foundling

noun
found·ling | \ˈfau̇n(d)-liŋ \

Definition of foundling 

: an infant found after its unknown parents have abandoned it

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Left with a foundling child during the eighteenth century. Time, "The 18th Century Bill Gates Who Built the First Charity for Kids," 2 Feb. 2018 Sally Hawkins is Elisa, the mute janitor who, we’re told, was rescued from a river as a foundling. Michael Phillips, idahostatesman, "Del Toro’s fish tale is magical, romantic and dark," 25 Dec. 2017 Sally Hawkins is Elisa, the mute janitor who, we’re told, was rescued from a river as a foundling. Michael Phillips, idahostatesman, "Del Toro’s fish tale is magical, romantic and dark," 25 Dec. 2017 Sally Hawkins is Elisa, the mute janitor who, we’re told, was rescued from a river as a foundling. Michael Phillips, idahostatesman, "Del Toro’s fish tale is magical, romantic and dark," 25 Dec. 2017 Sally Hawkins is Elisa, the mute janitor who, we’re told, was rescued from a river as a foundling. Michael Phillips, Detroit Free Press, "Review: ‘The Shape of Water’ is sexy, dark and magical," 21 Dec. 2017 Mom was distracted by her loss and was in a state of full-blown avoidance, throwing herself into waitressing, picking up shifts that kept her away from home and the foundlings who remained there. Anna Armstrong, Longreads, "How We Got There from Here," 9 Dec. 2017 During an avid discussion with the authorities about whether Anjum can take in another foundling, someone else makes off with the baby. Colette Bancroft, star-telegram.com, "Arundhati Roy returns after 20 years, and it’s worth the wait," 26 June 2017

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First Known Use of foundling

14th century, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for foundling

Middle English fundelyng, foundlynge, from funde, founde, founden (past participle of finden "to find entry 1") + -lyng, -lynge -ling entry 1

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foundling

noun

English Language Learners Definition of foundling

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

foundling

noun
found·ling | \ˈfau̇n-(d)liŋ \

Medical Definition of foundling 

: an infant found after its unknown parents have abandoned it

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