orphaned orphaned  /ˈɔr fənd/


  • (adj) deprived of parents by death or desertion


  1. The grandmothers whom we meet are guardians for their orphaned grandchildren.
  2. Babies infected with HIV, orphaned and abandoned because their mothers had succumbed to AIDS, are cared at the orphanage.
  3. In sub-Saharan Africa, AIDS kills 6,500 every day, leaving millions of children orphaned.


  1. Thursday Afternoon Diversion: Sleeping Like a Pony

    Here's a video of an orphaned pony, curled up, sleeping soundly with his jumbo teddy bear. [ more › ]
    on June 14, 2013     Source: Chicagoist

  2. 2 orphaned bobcat kittens undergoing rehab in Ill.

    Two orphaned baby bobcat kittens have been moved from Urbana to Alton to finish rehabilitation before they can be released into the wild.
    on June 12, 2013     Source: CBS4 Quad Cities

  3. As trial opens, Bulger's adopted community moves on

    The orphaned cat that led to their demise is no longer around. The apartment they lived in for more than a dozen years has been revamped with fresh paint and new carpets.
    on June 12, 2013     Source: NBC NEWS


  1. "We have seen first-hand the remarkable job SOS does to raise orphaned and abandoned children and keep families together," Jolie said in a statement.
    on Dec 28, 2009 By: Angelina Jolie Source: Hindustan Times

  2. "We love pomp and circumstance as much as anyone, but not when it causes mother bears to be shot to death for hats and leaves baby bears orphaned," said PETA president Ingrid E. Newkirk in the news release. "No tradition on Earth can justify...
    on Jul 3, 2010 By: Ingrid Newkirk Source: Toronto Sun

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