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a. A child whose parents are dead.
b. A child who has been deprived of parental care and has not been adopted.
2. A young animal that has been prematurely separated from its parents or its mother.
3. One that lacks support, supervision, or care: A lack of corporate interest has made the subsidiary an orphan.
4. A technology or product that has not been developed or marketed, especially on account of being commercially unprofitable.
5. Printing A very short line of type at the bottom of a paragraph, column, or page.
1. Deprived of parents.
2. Intended for orphans: an orphan home.
3. Lacking support, supervision, or care.
4. Being a technology or product that is an orphan.
tr.v. or·phaned, or·phan·ing, or·phans
To deprive (a child or young animal) of a parent or parents.

[Middle English, from Late Latin orphanus, from Greek orphanos, orphaned; see orbh- in Indo-European roots.]

or′phan·hood′ n.


(ˈɔːfənˌhʊd) or


the state of being an orphan
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.orphanhood - the condition of being a child without living parentsorphanhood - the condition of being a child without living parents; "his early orphanage shaped his character as an adult"
condition - a mode of being or form of existence of a person or thing; "the human condition"
References in classic literature ?
I stand towards you in the position of a relative who is bound to watch over your lonely orphanhood.
But there were some differences between Em'ly's orphanhood and mine, it appeared.
It is women, and, in the first place - mothers, who know and experience the most pressing social problems, raise issues of family upbringing, children's unsettledness and social orphanhood.
Kazakhstan is carrying out social orphanhood prevention and de-institutionalization of orphanages based on the OHCHR (Committee on the Rights of the Child) recommendations to prevent the growth of orphanages and leaving children in there, said the Ministry.
Rabbi Shteinman laid down a path for endless numbers of Jews and his passing leaves a deep feeling of orphanhood today.
Crying for Our Elders: African Orphanhood in the Age of HIV and AIDS.
Just as interesting, however, are Whyte's accounts of Hoover's early life, from his rise from orphanhood to world-traveling problem solver, and his post-presidency attempt to restore his image and regain his place among the 20th century's most admired people.
The Snowman's own backstory is revealed at the beginning of the movie, revealing the origin of his traumatic fixation with parenthood and orphanhood.
R]' Another issue experienced by these children is the possible orphanhood and, consequently, institutionalization, the passage through various family structures and organizations and the impossibility of family care, which may interfere with their healthy development.
Contrary to Weston's argument, I would like to consider this novel as a maze of memory that is closely related to such issues as self-positioning, imagination, Asian locality, unreliability, and orphanhood.
While you can visit the single track road where M and Bond stood and looked at the misty mountains while talking about his orphanhood, don't expect to see the Skyfall mansion or chapel - that was a set in Surrey.
5] Orphanhood is frequently accompanied with multidimensional problems including prejudice, reduced access to health and school services, inadequate food, sexual abuse, and others.