Definition of fatherless in US English:

fatherless

adjective

  • Having no father because he is dead or absent from the home.

    ‘at thirty-eight, she was left with six fatherless children’
    ‘children growing up in fatherless households’
    • ‘The precipitous rise in fatherless households has finally begun to level off.’
    • ‘In the wake of the tragedy, 17 children were left fatherless.’
    • ‘Have we made marriage less attractive to men by pretending that men are expendable, that fatherless families are just "alternative family forms?"’
    • ‘At thirty-eight, she was left with six fatherless children.’
    • ‘Studies of young criminals have found that more than 70% of all juveniles in state reform institutions come from fatherless homes.’
    • ‘The artist was born in this red-light district, the fatherless son of a sex worker.’
    • ‘So from one day to the next we found ourselves both fatherless and motherless.’
    • ‘The orphanage alludes to the consequences of war, in which children are left fatherless/parentless.’
    • ‘She told how she was overjoyed when a House of Lords hearing changed the law that on paper made her daughter fatherless.’
    • ‘Here the student, also fatherless, teaches his mentor about loss.’

Pronunciation

fatherless

/ˈfäT͟Hərləs//ˈfɑðərləs/