Definition of orphan noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



BrE BrE//ˈɔːfn//
; NAmE NAmE//ˈɔːrfn//
Raising children
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a child whose parents are dead He was an orphan and lived with his uncle. orphan boys/girls a poor little orphan See related entries: Raising children Word Originlate Middle English: via late Latin from Greek orphanos ‘bereaved’.
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