- an infant or small child found abandoned; a child without a known parent or guardian.
Origin of foundling
Examples from the Web for foundling
Historical Examples of foundling
I can put it for you in a breath--I am an English gentleman; you are a Dutch foundling!In the Valley
It was she who brought up the two foundling children, Marjolin and Cadine.A Zola Dictionary
J. G. Patterson
The child was left at the Foundling Hospital in my presence.
And he certainly has a lad from the Foundling, of the age you mention, at his place.
For might not the kitten, he thought, be more than Peggy's foundling be the other Thing disguised?Gilian The Dreamer
- an abandoned infant whose parents are not known
Word Origin for foundling
"deserted infant," c.1300, from Middle English founden "found," past participle of finden (see find (v.)) + diminutive suffix -ling. Cf. Dutch vondeling, German Findling.