Definition of foundling in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˈfaʊndlɪŋ/


An infant that has been abandoned by its parents and is discovered and cared for by others.
Example sentences
  • The hospital was the parent of all foundlings admitted until they reached the age of 21, overseers and other local officials having no power in the hospital.
  • One of the most graphic indicators of the growth in poverty was the rise in the number of foundlings and abandoned children.
  • Ginger Rogers plays a department store clerk who is mistakenly identified as the mother of an infant foundling.
abandoned infant, waif, stray, orphan, outcast;
French enfant trouvé
archaic wastrel


Middle English: from found1 (past participle) + -ling, perhaps on the pattern of Dutch vondeling.

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