orphan

An orphan is someone who has lost both parents. Usually, we think of sad little children when we think of orphans, but anyone whose parents have both died is an orphan.

A home for orphans is no substitute for a house with loving parents, even if they're adopted. Bambi, Annie, and Oliver Twist are probably the most famous orphans. Each lost their parents in different ways, but all of them had their lives similarly changed—they felt adrift without a parent to guide them. Orphans often spend lots of time looking for friends or surrogates to fill the gap left by their deceased parents.

Primary Meanings of orphan

1.
nv
a child who has lost both parents
deprive of parents
2.
n
the first line of a paragraph that is set as the last line of a page or column
Full Definitions of orphan
1

n a child who has lost both parents

Type of:
child, fry, kid, minor, nestling, nipper, shaver, small fry, tiddler, tike, tyke, youngster
a young person of either sex

n a young animal without a mother

Type of:
offspring, young
any immature animal

n someone or something who lacks support or care or supervision

Type of:
individual, mortal, person, somebody, someone, soul
a human being

v deprive of parents

Type of:
deprive, divest, strip
take away possessions from someone
2

n the first line of a paragraph that is set as the last line of a page or column

Type of:
line
text consisting of a row of words written across a page or computer screen

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