how to pronounce orphan


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orphan is pronounced in two syllables

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An example use of orphan in a speech by a native speaker of american english:

“… with creating orphan drugs treatments …”

meanings of orphan


  1. A young animal with no mother.
  2. A single line of type, beginning a paragraph, at the bottom of a column or page.
  3. A person, especially a minor, whose parents have permanently abandoned them.
  4. Any unreferenced object.
  5. A person, especially a minor, both or one of whose parents have died.
  6. Anything that is unsupported, as by its source, provider or caretaker, by reason of the supporter's demise or decision to abandon.


  1. Deprived of parents (also orphaned).
  2. Remaining after the removal of some form of support.


  1. To deprive of parents (used almost exclusively in the passive).
  2. To make unavailable, as by removing the last remaining pointer or reference to.

orphan frequency in english - C2 level of CEFR

the word orphan occurs in english on average 4.3 times per one million words; this frequency warrants it to be in the study list for C2 level of language mastery according to CEFR, the Common European Framework of Reference.

topics orphan can be related to

it is hard to perfectly classify words into specific topics since each word can have many context of its use, but our machine-learning models believe that orphan can be often used in the following areas:

1) communication, information, and media;

2) life, nature, and living environment;

3) people, society, and culture;

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