Definition of


  1. (noun, animal) a young animal without a mother
  2. (noun, communication) the first line of a paragraph that is set as the last line of a page or column
  3. (noun, person) a child who has lost both parents
  4. (noun, person) someone or something who lacks support or care or supervision
  5. (verb, possession) deprive of parents

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Origin of the word Orphan

  1. c.1300, from L.L. orphanus "parentless child" (cf. O.Fr. orfeno, It. orfano), from Gk. orphanos "orphaned," lit. "deprived," from orphos "bereft," from PIE *orbho- "bereft of father," also "deprived of free status," from base *orbh- "to change allegiance, to pass from one status to another" (cf. Hittite harb- "change alleg… more

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Words that sound like Orphan

orpin, orpine

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