Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • adj. Having no living father.
  • adj. Having no known father.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • adj. Without a living father.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. Destitute of a living father.
  • adj. Without a known author.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Without a living father: as, a fatherless child.
  • Springing from an orphaned condition.
  • Without a known author.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • adj. not having a known or legally responsible father
  • adj. having no living father

Etymologies

From father +‎ -less (Wiktionary)

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