- (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)
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Origin of orphan
OTHER WORDS FROM orphanor·phan·hood, nounhalf-orphan, nounun·or·phaned, adjective
Example sentences from the Web for orphan
Astronomers think that orphaned planets formed in solar systems like our own.
Missing pieces are a chronic problem — so much so that Sanchez set aside a “lost pieces jar” in the hope of reuniting orphans with their parent puzzles.Puzzle swap celebrates jigsaw ‘barter culture’ amid pandemic chaos|Justin Wm. Moyer|December 17, 2020|Washington Post
Until then, it’s possible last-minute shoppers might choose — in honor of grandma or that hard-to-buy-for brother-in-law or someone else — to give $25 toward buying formula for an orphan or $50 toward a week’s worth of diapers for a house of orphans.
At least 25 orphan crops exist in this family, and there are many other uncultivated wild relatives that have crop potential.
Quinoa is a prime example of an orphan crop that languished in obscurity.
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 orphan
- a child, one or (more commonly) both of whose parents are dead
- (as modifier)an orphan child