What is the meaning, origin and usage of word ‘Foundling’?

Meaning: A noun, the term foundling refers to a baby that has been abandoned or deserted by its parents and is found and cared for by others.

Origin: The term has its origins in Middle English fundelyng and is arrived at by combining 'found' (past participle of find') and the suffix-ling' meaning "small or immature." It's been in use since the 14th Century.

Usage: She is a foundling and has grown up in a home for abandoned children. The book narrates the touching story of an elderly woman adopting a foundling and giving her a bright future.

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