- a child whose father and mother are dead: often used fig.
- Rare a child who has lost only one parent by death
Origin of orphanEcclesiastical Late Latin orphanus from Classical Greek orphanos from Indo-European base an unverified form orbho-, orphan from source Classical Latin orbus, bereft, German erbe, inheritance, arbeit, work, Czech robotnik, serf
- being an orphan
- of or for orphans: an orphan home
- of a product that is medically valuable but is not produced because it lacks a profitable market, as a drug for a rare disease