What does orphan mean?

Definitions for orphan
ˈɔr fənor·phan

Here are all the possible meanings and translations of the word orphan.

Princeton's WordNet

  1. orphan(noun)

    a child who has lost both parents

  2. orphan(noun)

    someone or something who lacks support or care or supervision

  3. orphan(noun)

    the first line of a paragraph that is set as the last line of a page or column

  4. orphan(verb)

    a young animal without a mother

  5. orphan(verb)

    deprive of parents

Wiktionary

  1. orphan(Noun)

    A person, especially a minor, both or (rarely) one of whose parents have died.

    Etymology: From orphanus, from ὀρφανός, from Hórbʰo-. Cognate with Sanskrit अर्भ, Latin orbus, Old High German erbi, arbi (German Erbe), ierfa. More at erf.

  2. orphan(Noun)

    A young animal with no mother.

    Etymology: From orphanus, from ὀρφανός, from Hórbʰo-. Cognate with Sanskrit अर्भ, Latin orbus, Old High German erbi, arbi (German Erbe), ierfa. More at erf.

  3. orphan(Noun)

    Anything that is unsupported, as by its source, provider or caretaker, by reason of the supporter's demise or decision to abandon.

    Etymology: From orphanus, from ὀρφανός, from Hórbʰo-. Cognate with Sanskrit अर्भ, Latin orbus, Old High German erbi, arbi (German Erbe), ierfa. More at erf.

  4. orphan(Noun)

    A single line of type, beginning a paragraph, at the bottom of a column or page.

    Etymology: From orphanus, from ὀρφανός, from Hórbʰo-. Cognate with Sanskrit अर्भ, Latin orbus, Old High German erbi, arbi (German Erbe), ierfa. More at erf.

  5. orphan(Noun)

    Any unreferenced abstract object.

    Etymology: From orphanus, from ὀρφανός, from Hórbʰo-. Cognate with Sanskrit अर्भ, Latin orbus, Old High German erbi, arbi (German Erbe), ierfa. More at erf.

  6. orphan(Verb)

    To deprive of parents (used almost exclusively in the passive)

    What do you do when you come across two orphaned polar bear cubs?

    Etymology: From orphanus, from ὀρφανός, from Hórbʰo-. Cognate with Sanskrit अर्भ, Latin orbus, Old High German erbi, arbi (German Erbe), ierfa. More at erf.

  7. orphan(Verb)

    To make unavailable, as by unlinking the last remaining pointer to.

    Etymology: From orphanus, from ὀρφανός, from Hórbʰo-. Cognate with Sanskrit अर्भ, Latin orbus, Old High German erbi, arbi (German Erbe), ierfa. More at erf.

  8. orphan(Adjective)

    Deprived of parents (also orphaned).

    She is an orphan child.

    Etymology: From orphanus, from ὀρφανός, from Hórbʰo-. Cognate with Sanskrit अर्भ, Latin orbus, Old High German erbi, arbi (German Erbe), ierfa. More at erf.

  9. orphan(Adjective)

    Remaining after the removal of some form of support.

    With its government funding curtailed, the gun registry became an orphan program.

    Etymology: From orphanus, from ὀρφανός, from Hórbʰo-. Cognate with Sanskrit अर्भ, Latin orbus, Old High German erbi, arbi (German Erbe), ierfa. More at erf.

Freebase

  1. Orphan

    An orphan is a child permanently bereaved of or abandoned by his or her parents. In common usage, only a child who has lost both parents is called an orphan. When referring to animals, only the mother's condition is usually relevant. If she has gone, the offspring is an orphan, regardless of the father's condition. Adults can also be referred to as orphans, or adult orphans. However, survivors who reached adulthood before their parents died are normally not called orphans. It is a term generally reserved for children whose parents have died while they are too young to support themselves.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Orphan

    or′fan, n. a child bereft of father or mother, or of both.—adj. bereft of parents.—v.t. to bereave of parents.—ns. Or′phanage, the state of being an orphan: a house for orphans; Or′phan-asy′lum; Or′phanhood, Or′phanism; Orphanot′rophy, the supporting of orphans. [Gr. orphanos, akin to L. orbus, bereaved.]

The New Hacker's Dictionary

  1. orphan

    [Unix] A process whose parent has died; one inherited by init(1). Compare zombie.

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Numerology

  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of orphan in Chaldean Numerology is: 1

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of orphan in Pythagorean Numerology is: 9

Examples of orphan in a Sentence

  1. Amgen Inc on Wednesday:

    We believe the price reflects the significant clinical, economic and humanistic value of the product to patients and the healthcare system, for an ultra-orphan population with a dramatic impact on a serious illness.

  2. Kedar Joshi:

    History is an orphan. It can speak, but cannot hear. It can give, but cannot take. Its wounds and tragedies can be read and known, but cannot be avoided or cured.

  3. Sarah Sithole:

    I am an orphan now and I am so much in pain because I lost my brother who looked after me. He was more of a father to me, we will continue searching until we find him and bury him. We will not rest.

  4. Johnny Chaillot-Louganis:

    We felt like orphans and then Johnny was an orphan from his city and his job.

  5. Wayne Dyer:

    I grew up in the east side of Detroit in an area where there was very little, except for a lot of scarcity, poverty and hunger, but I never woke up saying, 'I'm an orphan again today, isn't this terrible? Poor me,' (...) there were a couple of very affluent neighborhoods nearby, but I never thought for one second that those people had more than I had. It just seemed that they got what they were entitled to, and if I really wanted those things, then I would have them, too.

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