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

  • n. One, such as a child, that is or has been adopted.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. An adopted son or daughter. A foster child.
  • n. A person who was adopted as a child.

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

  • n. someone (such as a child) who has been adopted


Learned borrowing from French adoptée, feminine past participle of adopter meaning "to adopt" (Wiktionary)



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