A person, especially a minor, both or (rarely) one of whose parents have died. (noun)
A young animal with no mother. (noun)
Anything that is unsupported, as by its source, provider or caretaker, by reason of the supporter's demise or decision to abandon. (noun)
A single line of type, beginning a paragraph, at the bottom of a column or page. (noun)
Any unreferenced object. (noun)
Deprived of parents (also orphaned). (adjective)
Remaining after the removal of some form of support. (adjective)
To deprive of parents (used almost exclusively in the passive) (verb)
(computing) To make unavailable, as by unlinking the last remaining pointer to. (verb)
Examples of word orphan
She clenched her teeth and grimaced as if pronouncing the word orphan filled her mouth with castor oil.
It matters because the term orphan carries enormous emotional weight.
He was so sweet, but I was afraid that the moment he heard the word orphan, he would back away and pretend he never knew me.
That was how Angela had first met Myles’s mother, three weeks after discovering the meaning of the word orphan herself.
The budgeteers claim $630 million in cuts from what are called "orphan earmarks," or construction that never started, and $2 billion more for transportation projects, some of which were likely to be canceled.