Foundling definition

foundlĭng
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An abandoned child, left by its parent(s), often a baby left at a convent or similar safe place.
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An infant of unknown parents that has been found abandoned.
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A deserted or abandoned child of unknown parentage.
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Other Word Forms

Noun

Singular:
foundling
Plural:
foundlings

Origin of foundling

  • Middle English from found past participle of finden to find find

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • found +‎ -ling

    From Wiktionary