- (especially in word processing) the first line of a paragraph when it appears alone at the bottom of a page.
- widow(def 3b).
verb (used with object)
- oroya fever,
- orozco, josé clemente,
- orphan drug,
- orphan virus,
- orphans' court,
Origin of orphan
Examples from the Web for orphan
Scribbling notes in the classroom next door is Justine, a shy 17-year-old orphan who is the only female in her class.
Sophie Hannah, the author of the new novel The Orphan Choir, has always preferred the sketchy storyteller.The Most Unreliable Narrators, From Agatha Christie to Iris Murdoch|Sophie Hannah|April 2, 2014|DAILY BEAST
An orphan, Sofiya had dropped out of high school to support herself.How An Israeli Stranger Helped An Ethiopian Girl Escape Prostitution|Itay Hod|February 9, 2014|DAILY BEAST
As long as the subject is single, an orphan, an only child, sterile and impotent.
He was an orphan, and he was in front of the hospital one time and just came in and started to work and stayed.
Andrew was now an orphan, and poor; but he had what makes any boy or man rich, the memory of a devoted, heroic mother.Famous American Statesmen|Sarah Knowles Bolton
I brought him cups and spoons and blankets and moccasins enough for an orphan asylum.O Pioneers!|Willa Cather
"I was left an orphan when a mere child," said I, as though the observation had been specially addressed to me.Tom Burke Of "Ours", Volume II (of II)|Charles James Lever
Let these kisses be the seals to our bond; and let us put our trust in Him who only is a father to the widow and the orphan.The Children of the New Forest|Captain Marryat
I don't suppose you ever were an orphan in an asylum, so you can't possibly understand what it is like.Anne Of Green Gables|Lucy Maud Montgomery
- a child, one or (more commonly) both of whose parents are dead
- (as modifier)an orphan child
Word Origin for orphan
c.1300, from Late Latin orphanus "parentless child" (source of Old French orfeno, Italian orfano), from Greek orphanos "orphaned, without parents, fatherless," literally "deprived," from orphos "bereft," from PIE *orbho- "bereft of father," also "deprived of free status," from root *orbh- "to change allegiance, to pass from one status to another" (cf. Hittite harb- "change allegiance," Latin orbus "bereft," Sanskrit arbhah "weak, child," Armenian orb "orphan," Old Irish orbe "heir," Old Church Slavonic rabu "slave," rabota "servitude" (cf. robot), Gothic arbja, German erbe, Old English ierfa "heir," Old High German arabeit, German Arbeit "work," Old Frisian arbed, Old English earfoð "hardship, suffering, trouble"). As an adjective from late 15c.
1814, from orphan (n.). Related: Orphaned; orphaning.