Meaning of “foundling” in the English Dictionary

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foundlingnoun [ C ]

uk /ˈfaʊnd.lɪŋ/ us /ˈfaʊnd.lɪŋ/ old-fashioned

Examples from literature

  • Besides, deformed and ailing children were cared for and homes for foundlings were established. 
  • I am only a foundling who fell into kind hands. 
  • I have a strong fatherly instinct and all the foundlings are foisted on me. 
  • I was a foundling. 
  • Then you do not think of putting her in a foundling hospital or a workhouse, nephew, as you proposed last night? said Mrs. Margaret, with a smile. 

(Definition of “foundling” from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

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