noun Date: 14th century an infant found after its unknown parents have abandoned it

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  • Foundling — may refer to:* An abandoned child; see Child abandonment. * The Foundling and Other Tales from Prydain , a prequel to Lloyd Alexander s The Chronicles of Prydain * The Foundling Museum, a museum located in Great Britain that tells the story of… …   Wikipedia

  • Foundling — Found ling, n. [OE. foundling, fundling; finden to find + ling; cf. f[ u]ndling, findling. See {Find}, v. t., and { ling}.] A deserted or exposed infant; a child found without a parent or owner. [1913 Webster] {Foundling hospital}, a hospital for …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • foundling — index discard, orphan Burton s Legal Thesaurus. William C. Burton. 2006 …   Law dictionary

  • foundling — deserted infant, c.1300, from M.E. founden found, pp. of finden (see FIND (Cf. find)) + dim. suffix ling. Cf. Du. vondeling, Ger. Findling …   Etymology dictionary

  • foundling — ► NOUN ▪ an infant that has been abandoned by its parents and is discovered and cared for by others …   English terms dictionary

  • foundling — [found′liŋ΄] n. [ME foundeling < founde(n), pp. of finden, FIND + ling] an infant of unknown parents that has been found abandoned …   English World dictionary

  • foundling — UK [ˈfaʊndlɪŋ] / US noun [countable] Word forms foundling : singular foundling plural foundlings mainly literary a baby that is left in a public place, so that it can be found by someone who will look after it …   English dictionary

  • foundling — noun an abandoned child, left by its parent(s), often a baby left at a convent or similar safe place. In foundling hospitals, and among the children brought up by parish charities, the mortality is still greater than among those of the common… …   Wiktionary

  • foundling — [[t]fa͟ʊndlɪŋ[/t]] foundlings N COUNT A foundling is a baby that has been abandoned by its parents, often in a public place, and that has then been found by someone. [OLD FASHIONED] …   English dictionary

  • foundling — /fownd ling/, n. an infant or small child found abandoned; a child without a known parent or guardian. [1250 1300; ME found(e)ling. See FOUND1, LING1] * * * …   Universalium

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