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orphan

n. a child, particularly a minor, whose two natural parents are dead. In some cases, such as whether a child is eligible for public financial assistance to an orphan, "orphan" can mean a child who has lost one parent.

orphan

noun abandoned child, abandoned infant, bereaved child, castaway, child without parents, foundling, homeless child, orbus, orphaned child, orphaned infant, parentless child, twice-bereaved child, waif, ward

ORPHAN. A minor or infant who has lost both of his or her parents. Sometimes the term is applied to such a person who has lost only one of his or her parents. 3 Mer. 48; 2 Sim. & Stu. 93; Lo & Man. Inst. B. 1, t. 2, c. 1. See Hazzard's Register of Pennsylvania, vol. 14, pages 188, 1 89, for a correspondence between the Hon. Joseph Hopkinson and ex-president J. Q. Adams as to the meaning of the word Orphan, and Rob. 247.

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Some arrived with family, some came to stay with relatives already living in the city, some immigrated alone, and some came with friends through the Canadian Jewish Congress (CJC) war orphans project.
The war in Vietnam may seem like ancient history to YAs today, and the war orphans of that era now are in their 30s; still, there is unfortunately a universality and timelessness in the story of children suffering in war-torn societies, and an inspiration in learning of those who care for and love these children.
Imagine what it's like to not only be a war orphan but not to have a final resting place to honor your father.
1948 TUESDAY, JULY 29 Extreme weather causes chaos, war orphan foster father pays a visit, Bradman hoax at Eisteddfod, and much more made the news 66 years ago this week Storm put 2,000 'phones out of action THE thunderstorm which raged over Cardiff and South Wales for nearly three hours yesterday evening, breaking the four-day spell of intense heat, put more than 2,000 telephones out of action, interrupted power supplies, damaged houses and roads and cause extensive flooding.
It is the first successful identification in three years of a so-called war orphan who visited Japan to search for relatives.
A WAR orphan whose life was turned around by the Tartan Army will lead the Scotland team out on Saturday.
Another war orphan, now 64 years old, said in Chinese, ''In my heart, I have always held a grudge against the government for being so cold-hearted since I returned here to my mother country.
IRAQI war orphan Ali Abbas has discovered he has a talent for painting with his feet.
IRAQI war orphan Ali Abbas has been told he can stay in the UK to rebuild his life, it was revealed today.
Ali Abbas, the 13-year-old Iraqi war orphan, has been fitted with his new arms, it was reported today.
ALI Abbas, the Iraqi war orphan who graced many a front page after getting his limbs blown off, is to become a British citizen.
Ali Abbas, the 13-year-old Iraqi war orphan, yesterday met doctors who will help to give him an active life by fitting him artificial arms.