Definition of fosterling in English:

fosterling

noun

archaic
  • A child who is fostered or adopted.

    • ‘His son and fosterlings were well received in the town.’
    • ‘St. Ita was a holy nun, outwardly fierce but inwardly tender, especially towards her numerous fosterlings.’
    • ‘Naturally they will think us all as ignorant and immoral as our fosterlings.’
    • ‘All of the nursemaids are on their best behavior and wear stones of my mother's favorite qualities in a male when their fosterlings are almost too old for them.’
    • ‘Therefore, we encourage you not to adopt your fosterlings and to remain in the Foster Care Program.’

Origin

Old English fōstorling (see foster, -ling).

Pronunciation

fosterling

/ˈfɒstəlɪŋ/