[ UK /ˈɔːfən/ ]
[ US /ˈɔɹfən/ ]
  1. deprive of parents
  1. someone or something who lacks support or care or supervision
  2. a young animal without a mother
  3. a child who has lost both parents
  4. the first line of a paragraph that is set as the last line of a page or column
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How To Use orphan In A Sentence

  • Aren't you a spoiled child, without the childness and the spoiling, to go and write in that plaintive, solemn way about 'help of some connexions of Jane's in Glasgow,' as if you were a desolate orphan Letters and Memorials of Jane Welsh Carlyle
  • A woman responding to a survey about the experience of illegitimates in 1986 said that her mother ‘was put in an orphanage and did not get full knowledge about her parents until she was 55.’
  • A group of ex-pats had clubbed together to provide pressies for an orphanage in town and we showed up (with Santa) to deliver.
  • Taken from their families and forced to live in "white" orphanages, three mixed-race aborigine children escape, traveling 1500 miles back home, using the title fence as their guide. Cinematical
  • We also run another orphanage up the road. Times, Sunday Times
  • Drugs found in Haim's system included the cough-suppressant dextromethorphan; the antihistamine diphenhydramine; carisoprodol, a prescription muscle relaxant; the tranquilizers diazepam and meprobamate, which are found in Valium and other medications; and the antidepressants fluoxetine and olanzapine. Corey Haim Cause Of Death: Pneumonia Complications, NOT Drugs
  • A SEVEN-year-old Yorkshire child left orphaned by a car crash on the Greek island of Corfu has woken from a coma.
  • The fact that the cubs were orphans, abandoned when their mother was run over by a car, was of no account.
  • Orphaned and blinded from childhood, he became an ascetic freethinker and materialist.
  • This orphanage solicits its benevolence of the wealthy people.
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