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orphan

noun [C] uk   /ˈɔː.fən/  us   /ˈɔːr-/
C2 a child whose parents are dead: The civil war is making orphans of many children.

orphan

verb [T usually passive] uk   /ˈɔː.fən/  us   /ˈɔːr-/
to make someone an orphan: He was orphaned as a baby (= his parents died when he was a baby). The children were orphaned by the war (= their parents were killed in the war).
Translations of “orphan”
in Arabic يَتيم…
in Korean 고아…
in Malaysian anak yatim piatu…
in French orphelin/-ine…
in Turkish öksüz, yetim…
in Italian orfano, -a…
in Chinese (Traditional) 孤兒…
in Russian сирота, изолированная строка, висячая строка…
in Polish sierota…
in Vietnamese trẻ mồ côi…
in Spanish huérfano…
in Portuguese órfão, órfã…
in Thai เด็กกำพร้า…
in German die Waise, Waisen-……
in Catalan orfe, òrfena…
in Japanese 孤児…
in Indonesian yatim piatu…
in Chinese (Simplified) 孤儿…
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