A child whose parents are dead. A child who has been deprived of parental care and has not been adopted. A young animal without a mother. One that lacks support, supervision, or care: A lack of corporate interest has made the subsidiary an orphan. An orphan technology or product. A line of type beginning a new paragraph at the bottom of a column or page. A short line of type at the bottom of a paragraph, column, or page; a widow. Deprived of parents. Intended for orphans: an orphan home. Lacking support, supervision, or care. Not developed or marketed, especially on account of being commercially unprofitable: "an aggregation of every orphan technology at the Pentagon, stuff that's been around for years that nobody would buy\u201d ( Harper's). To deprive (a child or young animal) of a parent or parents.