verb (used with object)
Origin of parent
Related formspar·ent·less, adjectivepar·ent·like, adjectivenon·par·ent, noun
Examples from the Web for parentless
The fact remains that millions of children around the globe are parentless due to circumstances beyond their control.
He had his paternal rights even here—Els and Eva were not parentless orphans.In The Fire Of The Forge, Complete|Georg Ebers
He remembered the days of his own childhood, his parentless childhood.The Happy Unfortunate|Robert Silverberg
Certainly Marion had few interests in the town that had been the scene of the domestic tragedy that had left her parentless.The Ranchman|Charles Alden Seltzer
Parentless orphans were publicly supported at an average cost of twelve per cent.Freeland|Theodor Hertzka
Why should not this same Barbara have adopted the parentless girl in childhood?
British Dictionary definitions for parentless (1 of 2)
British Dictionary definitions for parentless (2 of 2)
- an organism or organization that has produced one or more organisms or organizations similar to itself
- (as modifier)a parent organism
- a precursor, such as a nucleus or compound, of a derived entity
- (as modifier)a parent nucleus; a parent ion