foundling

[ found-ling ]
/ ˈfaʊnd lɪŋ /

noun

an infant or small child found abandoned; a child without a known parent or guardian.

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Origin of foundling

First recorded in 1250–1300, foundling is from the Middle English word found(e)ling.See found1, -ling1

WORDS THAT MAY BE CONFUSED WITH foundling

fondling, foundling
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British Dictionary definitions for foundling

foundling
/ (ˈfaʊndlɪŋ) /

noun

an abandoned infant whose parents are not known

Word Origin for foundling

C13: foundeling; see find
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