Orphan - definition, pronunciation, transcription

Amer.  |ˈɔːrfn|  American pronunciation of the word orphan
Brit.  |ˈɔːf(ə)n|  British pronunciation of the word orphan


- a child who has lost both parents
- someone or something who lacks support or care or supervision
- the first line of a paragraph that is set as the last line of a page or column
- a young animal without a mother


- deprive of parents


The war has left thousands of children as orphans.

...the many difficulties that he encountered on the road from poor orphan to head of a major corporation...

He never spoke of his childhood as an orphan, but kept dark memories of those days in his bosom.

...the girl has enough frizzles to play Little Orphan Annie...

...I can't believe you managed to snooker me with that story about being an orphan....

As the story unfolds, we learn that the boy became an orphan when he was one year old.

Word forms

I/you/we/they: orphan
he/she/it: orphans
present participle: orphaning
past tense: orphaned
past participle: orphaned
singular: orphan
plural: orphans
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