Part of speech: noun

A deserted infant of unknown parentage.

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Usage examples "foundling":

  1. I went straight to the father of the foundling. - "Jane Cable", George Barr McCutcheon.
  2. Wasn't I brought up to the thrade in the Foundling Hospital?" - "Roughing it in the Bush", Susanna Moodie.
  3. Did you think I had picked up a foundling? - "The New Magdalen", Wilkie Collins.