Definition of orphan in English:
1A child whose parents are dead.
- She grew up an orphan, her parents having been killed in a battle which overtook their hometown.
- The Earl had suggested that David pretend to be an orphan whose parents had been American gentility.
- This three-month old baby escaped with a fractured wrist, but is now an orphan as both parents were killed.
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Make (a person or animal) an orphan: John was orphaned at 12
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- By the time he was a young teenager, he and his brother were orphaned, alone and destitute.
- The boy who is an orphan was orphaned when his parents died in short succession in 1992.
- He was orphaned at the age of nine, and got a job as a cabin boy, and through sheer hard graft, worked his way up the ranks.
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- Ill health can also be an important cause of poverty through loss of income, catastrophic health expenses, and orphanhood.
- From boyhood, he learned to keep his feelings to himself, repressing memories of his father and of the emotional impact of early orphanhood.
- During the Long First Half of the Twentieth Century, one of the most important factors in the rising age of home-leaving was declining adult mortality, which led to declining rates of orphanhood.
Late Middle English: via late Latin from Greek orphanos 'bereaved'.
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