Definitions for orphanhood

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Random House Webster's College Dictionary

or•phanˈɔr fən(n.)

  1. a child who has lost both parents or, less commonly, one parent through death.

  2. a young animal that is without its mother.

  3. a person or thing that is without protective affiliation, sponsorship, etc.

  4. (esp. in word processing) the first line of a paragraph when it appears alone at the bottom of a printed page.

    Category: Printing

    Ref: Compare widow (def. 3b). 3 2

  5. (adj.)bereft of parents.

  6. of or for orphans.

  7. (v.t.)to cause to become an orphan.

Origin of orphan:

1425–75; late ME < LL orphanus destitute, without parents < Gk orphanós bereaved; akin to L orbus bereaved


Princeton's WordNet

  1. orphanage, orphanhood(noun)

    the condition of being a child without living parents

    "his early orphanage shaped his character as an adult"


  1. orphanhood(Noun)

    The state of being an orphan.

  2. orphanhood(Noun)

    The losing of both parents through death.


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