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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.

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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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Risk and resilience in orphaned adolescents living in a community affected by AIDS.
It provides three alternatives for young Emiratis willing to contribute.These include providing guidance and good advice, taking care of orphaned and minor students for a certain number of class hours, and setting up common interest groups to engage orphans and minors in activities like swimming and biking.
Edwin van Leeuwen from the Comparative Cognitive Anthropology Research Group at the Max Planck Institute for Psycholinguistics, said that orphaned chimpanzees had more difficulties to successfully coordinate their social play interactions.
One of the measures of a great society is how it cares for the less privileged - the orphaned, the disadvantaged.
Being orphaned affects educational status adversely; orphans are less likely than non-orphans to be at their proper educational level, with a stronger effect at younger ages (6-10) than older ages (11-14).
By 2010, AIDS will leave 20 million children in Africa without one or both parents, nearly double the current 11 million orphaned children (Altman, 2002) Additionally, 5 million children will be orphaned elsewhere in the world due to the parent's death(s) from AIDS.
SION, SWITZERLAND -- The number of children orphaned worldwide because of AIDS could reach 100 million by 2010, far greater than the official estimates of between 26.4 million and 44 million.
Children--like the orphaned William, rejected by the Children's Aid Society; Robert, tormented at Beech Brook and returned to the Detention Home, the black girls in the segregated cottage at Blossom Hill; the black children in the dangerous, damaging Detention Center of the 1990s--learned: "[You] don't matter and [you] are not important.'"
Turn-of-the-century Southern Baptists exhibited a keen interest in orphaned children.
In addition to being orphaned, Long Arrow is deaf, and the only person in the world who loves him is his sister.
An array of activities, including plays and performing arts were held to mark Orphan Day while outstanding orphaned students were honoured for their excellent academic performance.
QC, as part of the efforts of its 'Rofaqa' initiative, sponsors 1,581 persons in Tunisia including poor families, orphans, people with special needs, and teachers, of whom 1,473 are orphaned girls and boys.