orphan orphan  /ˈɔr fən/


  1. (n) a child who has lost both parents
  2. (n) someone or something who lacks support or care or supervision
  3. (n) the first line of a paragraph that is set as the last line of a page or column
  4. (n) a young animal without a mother
  5. (v) deprive of parents

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  1. Ground has just been broken on an orphan care center, which aims to feed and educate as many as 1,000 children a day.
  2. It was a real orphan of a bill: no politician wanted to claim credit for its parentage.
  3. For years 18th century Italian painting has been one of art history's orphans: the general supposition was that after 1650, Italian art slid into provincial decadence.


  1. Jordan: Orphan, 23, Dies of Self-Inflicted Burns

    Jordan: 23-year-old orphan dies after setting himself ablaze in protest        
    on June 12, 2013     Source: ABC News

  2. Potential ViroPharma drug receives orphan status

    European regulators have granted orphan drug status to a potential ViroPharma Inc. treatment for a virus that can lead to serious disease or death in people with compromised immune systems. The Exton, ...
    on June 11, 2013     Source: Associated Press via Yahoo! News

  3. Advaxis Requests Orphan Drug Designation for Treatment of HPV-Associated Head and Neck Cancer with ADXS-HPV

    Advaxis, Inc., , a leader in developing the next generation of immunotherapies for cancer and infectious diseases, announced that it has submitted an Application for Orphan Drug Designation with the U.S.
    on June 11, 2013     Source: Business Wire via Yahoo! Finance

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  1. In 1864, when the nation that these soldiers had helped establish was being torn part by the Civil War, Abraham Lincoln spoke about the need "to care for him who shall have borne the battle and for his widow and his orphan."
    on Jul 3, 2007 By: Abraham Lincoln Source: Boston Globe (registration)

  2. "My husband and I would really like to adopt an earthquake orphan (0-3 years old)," Wang Liqin wrote on popular Web site Tianya.com in a forum that was already three pages long.
    on May 22, 2008 By: Wang Liqin Source: FOXNews

  3. "I'm so lucky to have the opportunity to know these children," Jolie said of her own brood. "I feel fortunate to have orphan children in my home."
    on Apr 26, 2007 By: Angelina Jolie Source: WJZ

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