American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- n. A deserted or abandoned child of unknown parentage.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. An infant found abandoned or exposed; a child without a parent or claimant.
GNU Webster's 1913
- n. A deserted or exposed infant; a child found without a parent or owner.
- n. a child who has been abandoned and whose parents are unknown
- found + -ling (Wiktionary)
- Middle English, from found, past participle of finden, to find; see find. (American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
“You see, sir, I'm a poor foundling from the Belfast Asylum, shoved out by the mother that bore me, upon the wide wurld, long before I knew that I was in it.”
“So they call the foundling "Mary Rose" and make a solemn oath to stick together and make a good life "for the roses".”
“Their foundling was the rightful King of Birnam-and small wonder there were assassins seeking him.”
“A foundling is a foundling, anywhere in Thorbardin.”
“But this so-called foundling is a perfect monster of abomination, said Jehanne.”
“But when his comrade, the true father, heard this tale from him he said to himself, "This matter must have been after such fashion," and he was certified that the foundling was his son, for that he had heard the history told by the mother of the babe with the same details essential and accidental.”
“The Magi, to their credit, told Astyages that his dream had been fulfilled, that Cyrus -- as we must now call the foundling prince -- had fulfilled it by becoming a king in play, and the boy is let to go back to his father and his hardy Persian life.”
“Though called a foundling hospital, it is in reality a general receptacle for all children, who are received up to a certain age, without exception, it being left entirely to the option of the parent to state their names and condition, and to contribute or not, to the future support of the child.”
“In the first half of the film, brother and sister Guillaume (Olivier Cruveiller) and Catherine (Fabienne Babe) are living together on a crumbling estate after their father's death, along with the "foundling" Roch (Lucas Belvaux) who their father adopted.”
“The children, when they were out of their father's hearing, began again to mock little Crivòliu and to call him "foundling," and the other children in the school did the same.”
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