- a child raised by someone who is not its natural or adoptive parent.
- a needy child, as one living in an impoverished country, supported or aided by contribution to a specific charity.
Origin of foster child
1150–1200; Middle English fostercild
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Examples from the Web for foster child
Clusters, filaments, and voids make up the large-scale structure of the Universe, foster-child of gravity and slow time.Laniakea: The Milky Way’s Place in the Heavens
Matthew R. Francis
September 7, 2014
When the day was over, Alpheus called to him his foster-child.
To please Alciphron, your foster-child, you would make us all beggars.Complete Short Works
Her heart misgave her; he was her foster-child—dear to her as her own.Baron Bruno
Then the pursuer overtook her foster-child, and pecked him savagely.Peggy Raymond's Vacation
Harriet L. (Harriet Lummis) Smith
You are Agatha Shaw's only child, therefore to me a foster-child.The Stolen Singer
Martha Idell Fletcher Bellinger
- a child looked after temporarily or brought up by people other than its natural or adoptive parents
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