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Meaning of ORPHAN

Pronunciation:  'orfun

WordNet Dictionary
  1. [n]  a child who has lost both parents
  2. [adj]  deprived of parents by death or desertion
  3. [v]  deprive of parents

ORPHAN is a 6 letter word that starts with O.


 Synonyms: orphaned, parentless, unparented
 See Also: child, deprive, divest, fry, kid, minor, nestling, nipper, shaver, small fry, strip, tiddler, tike, tyke, youngster



Webster's 1913 Dictionary
  1. \Or"phan\, n. [L. orphanus, Gr. ?, akin to L. orbus. Cf.
    {Orb} a blank window.]
    A child bereaved of both father and mother; sometimes, also,
    a child who has but one parent living.
    {Orphans' court} (Law), a court in some of the States of the
       Union, having jurisdiction over the estates and persons of
       orphans or other wards. --Bouvier.
  2. \Or"phan\, a.
    Bereaved of parents, or (sometimes) of one parent.
  3. \Or"phan\, v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Orphaned}; p. pr. & vb.
    n. {Orphaning}.]
    To cause to become an orphan; to deprive of parents. --Young.
Dream Dictionary
 Definition: Seeing an orphan in your dream means fears of abandonment and feelings of loneliness and rejection.. Dreaming that you are condoling with orphans, symbolizes that the unhappiness of others will touch your sympathies and cause you to sacrifice much personal enjoyment.
Thesaurus Terms
 Related Terms: abandoned, alone, bereave, castaway, castoff, cast-off, derelict, discard, disregarded, dogie, flotsam, flotsam and jetsam, forsaken, foundling, heir, ignored, jetsam, junk, lagan, leave, leave behind, lost, neglected, orphaned, parentless, refuse, reject, relict, rubbish, slighted, solitary, successor, survivor, trash, waif, waifs and strays, wastrel, widow, widower