Other Word Forms of Orphan
Origin of Orphan
From Late Latin orphanus, from Ancient Greek ὀρφανός (orphanos, “without parents, fatherless"), from Proto-Indo-European *HórbÊ°o-. Cognate with Sanskrit अर्भ (árbha), Latin orbus (“orphaned"), Old High German erbi, arbi (German Erbe (“heir")), Old English ierfa (“heir"). More at erf.
Middle English from Late Latin orphanus from Greek orphanos orphaned orbh- in Indo-European roots
From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition
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