- (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)
Origin of orphan
Related formsor·phan·hood, nounhalf-or·phan, nounun·or·phaned, adjective
Examples from the Web for orphaned
She became a schoolteacher, but, as war erupted, began taking in kids abandoned or orphaned by the conflict.Death Metal Angola: Heavy Metal in War-Torn Africa|Nina Strochlic|November 21, 2014|DAILY BEAST
She was particularly moved to help children who have been orphaned and separated from their families.A 26-Year-Old Woman Is ISIS’s Last American Hostage|Shane Harris|November 17, 2014|DAILY BEAST
A generation of orphaned, high-heeled girls, looking for a daddy as much as a sugar daddy.
Ebola has killed more than 4,000 people in West Africa—and orphaned thousands more.
The collapse of the Soviet Empire more than 20 years ago left it, for a time, orphaned and forlorn.
An hundredfold did she return to Esmond Clarenden all the care and protection he had given to her in her orphaned childhood.Vanguards of the Plains|Margaret McCarter
They recalled the glorious outing that his thoughtfulness had planned for the orphaned youngsters of the county town.Bert Wilson, Marathon Winner|J. W. Duffield
I saw thousands of women wearing widow's weeds, and thousands of children who had been orphaned.
All at once he caught 125sight of the orphaned children and threatened them vehemently.Emmy Lou|George Madden Martin
Our father died when she was very young and our mother soon followed and so my orphaned little sister was left to my care.Nan of the Gypsies|Grace May North
British Dictionary definitions for orphaned
- a child, one or (more commonly) both of whose parents are dead
- (as modifier)an orphan child