From Late Latin orphanus, from Ancient Greek ὀρφανός (orphanós, “without parents, fatherless”). Compare Aromanian oarfãn, Spanish huérfano. Largely replaced by the form orfan from Greek.
oarfăn m, n (feminine singular oarfănă, masculine plural oarfeni, feminine and neuter plural oarfene)
- (archaic) destitute, deficient, deprived
- (archaic) poor, needy
- (archaic) sorrowful, miserable