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orphan

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noun or·phan \ˈȯr-fən\

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

orphanhood

play \-ˌhu̇d\ noun

Origin and Etymology 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

Definition of orphan

orphaned

orphaning

play \ˈȯr-fə-niŋ, ˈȯrf-niŋ\
  1. transitive verb
  2. :  to cause to become an orphan

1814

First Known Use of orphan

1814


ORPHAN Defined for English Language Learners

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orphan

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noun or·phan \ˈȯr-fən\

Definition of orphan for English Language Learners

  • : a child whose parents are dead


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orphan

verb or·phan

Definition of orphan for English Language Learners

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


ORPHAN Defined for Kids

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orphan

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noun or·phan \ˈȯr-fən\

Definition of orphan for Students

  1. :  a child whose parents are dead


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orphan

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verb or·phan

Definition of orphan for Students

orphaned

orphaning

  1. :  to cause to have no parents :  cause to become an orphan <She was orphaned as a baby.>


Law Dictionary

orphan

noun or·phan

Legal Definition of orphan

  1. :  a child deprived by death of one or usually both parents; broadly :  a child without a parent or guardian



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