- orphane (obsolete)
- (Received Pronunciation) IPA(key): /ˈɔːfən/
- (General American) IPA(key): /ˈɔɹfən/
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- Rhymes: -ɔː(ɹ)fən
- Homophone: often (non-rhotic accents with the lot–cloth split)
orphan (plural orphans)
- A person, especially a minor, both or (rarely) one of whose parents have died.
- A person, especially a minor, whose parents have permanently abandoned them.
- A young animal with no mother.
- (figurative) Anything that is unsupported, as by its source, provider or caretaker, by reason of the supporter's demise or decision to abandon.
- (typography) A single line of type, beginning a paragraph, at the bottom of a column or page.
- (computing) Any unreferenced object.
person whose (parent or) parents have died
orphan (not comparable)
- Deprived of parents (also orphaned).
- She is an orphan child.
- (by extension, figurative) Remaining after the removal of some form of support.
- With its government funding curtailed, the gun registry became an orphan program.
- (transitive) To deprive of parents (used almost exclusively in the passive)
- What do you do when you come across two orphaned polar bear cubs?
- (transitive, computing) To make unavailable, as by removing the last remaining pointer or reference to.
- When you removed that image tag, you orphaned the resized icon.
- Removing categories orphans pages from the main category tree.
Conjugation of orphan
|present tense||past tense|
|2nd-person singular||orphan, orphanest*||orphaned, orphanedst*|
|3rd-person singular||orphans, orphaneth*||orphaned|
|* Archaic or obsolete.|