Definitions for orphanhood
Random House Webster's College Dictionary
a child who has lost both parents or, less commonly, one parent through death.
a young animal that is without its mother.
a person or thing that is without protective affiliation, sponsorship, etc.
(esp. in word processing) the first line of a paragraph when it appears alone at the bottom of a printed page.
Ref: Compare widow (def. 3b). 3 2
(adj.)bereft of parents.
of or for orphans.
(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
the condition of being a child without living parents
"his early orphanage shaped his character as an adult"
The state of being an orphan.
The losing of both parents through death.