Definitions for: Orphan


[n] a child who has lost both parents
[adj] deprived of parents by death or desertion
[v] deprive of parents



Webster (1913) Definition: Or"phan, n. [L. orphanus, Gr. ?, akin to L. orbus. Cf.
Orb a blank window.]
A child bereaved of both father and mother; sometimes, also,
a child who has but one parent living.

Orphans' court (Law), a court in some of the States of the
Union, having jurisdiction over the estates and persons of
orphans or other wards. --Bouvier.


Or"phan, a.
Bereaved of parents, or (sometimes) of one parent.


Or"phan, v. t. [imp. & p. p. Orphaned; p. pr. & vb.
n. Orphaning.]
To cause to become an orphan; to deprive of parents. --Young.

Synonyms: orphaned, parentless, unparented

See Also: child, deprive, divest, fry, kid, minor, nestling, nipper, shaver, small fry, strip, tiddler, tike, tyke, youngster

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