- 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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Related Wordscare, keeping, safekeeping, protection, dependent, orphan, pensioner, charge, client, pupil, child, trust, minor, guardianship, godchild
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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