foundling foundling  /ˈfaʊnd lɪŋ/

Definition(s):

  • (n) a child who has been abandoned and whose parents are unknown

Usage(s):

  1. Another version of his birth is founded upon the superstition that a foundling will thrive when adopted.
  2. He sleeps with other women; he's a foundling child; his identity is malleable; he's lost, rudderless, caught between honor and restlessness.
  3. Antoinette Brun, a goodhearted woman, active in Catholic church circles, who ran the Grenoble foundling home.

News

  • A Tea Party That Encourages Random Acts Of Kindness

    Clare Twomey sets up tea for 1,550--and an artful way to promote good deeds--at London’s Foundling Museum. It would be delightful if everyone treated strangers as they do close friends. That said, common courtesy sometimes needs a gentle prod. With her installation, Exchange , London-based artist Clare Twomey has set up temptation on teacups to commit random acts of kindness. Twomey tells Co ...
    on July 19, 2013     Source: Fast Company Magazine

Quotes

  1. Gauthier explains that "when I was 45 years old, I searched for, found and was denied a meeting with my birth mother. She couldn't afford to re-open the wound she'd carried her whole life, the wound of surrendering a baby. The Foundling is my...
    on May 21, 2010 By: Mary Gauthier Source: Speakers in Code (blog)

  2. "If the world says you are nobody from nowhere," says Burnside, "then you can choose not to argue, or you can invent yourself as someone other than you first seemed. Nobody wants to be a foundling child, and being something has to be better...
    on Dec 2, 2006 By: John Burnside Source: Sunday Herald

  3. "Airbus is no longer a little foundling" that needs government aid, participants recall Stonecipher saying.
    on May 29, 2005 By: Harry Stonecipher Source: Seattle Times

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