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English definition of “orphan”

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).
(Definition of orphan from the Cambridge Advanced Learners Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
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