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Monday, November 26, 2007

Definitions for foundling

  1. A deserted or abandoned infant; a child found without a parent or caretaker.

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Citations for foundling
Some of her desires were more altruistic: she wanted to "send Phyllis to school for a year, take Auntie May for a winter in the Isle of Pines," and "raise foundlings." Tim Page, Dawn Powell: A Biography
Then one day her daughter returns home with a foundling, an abandoned baby boy. Charles R. Larson, Washington Post
Origin of foundling
1250-1300
Foundling comes from Old English foundling, fundling, from finden, "to find" + the suffix -ling.