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.

Definitions of orphan
  1. noun
    a child who has lost both parents
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    type of:
    child, fry, kid, minor, nestling, nipper, shaver, small fry, tiddler, tike, tyke, youngster
    a young person of either sex
  2. noun
    a young animal without a mother
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    type of:
    offspring, young
    any immature animal
  3. noun
    someone or something who lacks support or care or supervision
  4. verb
    deprive of parents
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    type of:
    deprive, divest, strip
    take away possessions from someone
  5. noun
    the first line of a paragraph that is set as the last line of a page or column
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    type of:
    line
    text consisting of a row of words written across a page or computer screen
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