lost and found


plural lost and founds
: a repository for items that have been lost by their owners
The lost and found in my high school had been a locked closet adjacent to the front office for which a secretary had the key.Joyce Carol Oates

Examples of lost and found in a Sentence

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Word History

First Known Use

1777, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of lost and found was in 1777

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“Lost and found.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/lost%20and%20found. Accessed 18 Jun. 2024.

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