The fact remains that millions of children around the globe are parentless due to circumstances beyond their control.
And Michael Oher was in fact a parentless, homeless kid who was adopted by a white family and now plays for the Baltimore Ravens.
The effort now is to bring the childless and the parentless together.
He had his paternal rights even here—Els and Eva were not parentless orphans.
parentless orphans were publicly supported at an average cost of twelve per cent.
Why should not this same Barbara have adopted the parentless girl in childhood?
That was the only kinship they could claim—this slim, pale scion of a worn-out line, and the nameless, parentless girl beside her.
He remembered the days of his own childhood, his parentless childhood.
Certainly Marion had few interests in the town that had been the scene of the domestic tragedy that had left her parentless.
I was but a child, but I was a child cast upon the world, parentless, and in the hands of a cruel master.
early 15c. (late 12c. as a surname), from Old French parent "father, parent, relative, kin" (11c.), from Latin parentem (nominative parens) "father or mother, ancestor," noun use of present participle of parere "bring forth, give birth to, produce," from PIE root *pere- "to bring forth" (see pare). Began to replace native elder after c.1500.
parent par·ent (pâr'ənt, pār'-)
One who begets, gives birth to, or nurtures and raises a child; a father or a mother.
An ancestor; a progenitor.
An organism that produces or generates offspring.
To act as a parent to; to rear and nurture.
To cause to come into existence; to serve as a source for; originate.