orphan Meaning in the Cambridge English Dictionary
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"orphan" in British English

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orphannoun [C]

uk   /ˈɔː.fən/  us   /ˈɔːr-/
C2 a ​child whose ​parents are ​dead: The ​civilwar is making orphans of many ​children.

orphanverb [T usually passive]

uk   /ˈɔː.fən/  us   /ˈɔːr-/
to make someone an orphan: He was orphaned as a ​baby (= his ​parentsdied when he was a ​baby). The ​children were orphaned by the ​war (= ​theirparents were ​killed in the ​war).
(Definition of orphan from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"orphan" in American English

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orphannoun [C]

 us   /ˈɔr·fən/
a ​child whose ​parents are ​dead
orphan
verb [T]  us   /ˈɔr·fən/
She was orphaned at an early ​age.
(Definition of orphan from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
Translations of “orphan”
in Korean 고아…
in Arabic يَتيم…
in Malaysian anak yatim piatu…
in French orphelin/-ine…
in Russian сирота, изолированная строка, висячая строка…
in Chinese (Traditional) 孤兒…
in Italian orfano, -a…
in Turkish öksüz, yetim…
in Polish sierota…
in Spanish huérfano…
in Vietnamese trẻ mồ côi…
in Portuguese órfão, órfã…
in Thai เด็กกำพร้า…
in German die Waise, Waisen-……
in Catalan orfe, òrfena…
in Japanese 孤児…
in Chinese (Simplified) 孤儿…
in Indonesian yatim piatu…
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