- (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 orphanhood
Extreme poverty, which affects 1.4 billion people, is the leading cause of orphanhood.
The world waited long ere men found an Elder Brother who could break the spell of their orphanhood and reveal to them a Father.The Bible and Life|Edwin Holt Hughes
And Foma's soul was dry, dark; it was filled with a painful feeling of orphanhood.Foma Gordyeff|Maxim Gorky
But there were some differences between Em'ly's orphanhood and mine, it appeared.David Copperfield|Charles Dickens
Infirmity, vice, and orphanhood keep up a small amount of pauperism even here, reducing capitalists to a state of dependance.Retrospect of Western Travel, Volume I (of 2)|Harriet Martineau
HEN we turn away from the world, and leave it, we ourselves are not left to desolation and orphanhood.My Daily Meditation for the Circling Year|John Henry Jowett
- a child, one or (more commonly) both of whose parents are dead
- (as modifier)an orphan child
Word Origin for orphan
1814, from orphan (n.). Related: Orphaned; orphaning.
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.