A child who has been deprived of parental care and has not been adopted. (noun)
A young animal without a mother. (noun)
One that lacks support, supervision, or care: A lack of corporate interest has made the subsidiary an orphan. (noun)
An orphan technology or product. (noun)
A line of type beginning a new paragraph at the bottom of a column or page. (noun)
A short line of type at the bottom of a paragraph, column, or page; a widow. (noun)
Deprived of parents. (adjective)
Intended for orphans: an orphan home. (adjective)
Lacking support, supervision, or care. (adjective)
Not developed or marketed, especially on account of being commercially unprofitable: "an aggregation of every orphan technology at the Pentagon, stuff that's been around for years that nobody would buy” ( Harper's). (adjective)
To deprive (a child or young animal) of a parent or parents. (verb-transitive)
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.