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

or′phan•hood`(n.)

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"

Wiktionary

  1. orphanhood(Noun)

    The state of being an orphan.

  2. orphanhood(Noun)

    The losing of both parents through death.

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