Definition of parentless in US English:

parentless

adjective

  • See parent

    • ‘In rare flashes of vulnerability, Ridley said she feels pain every time she sees a child left parentless from a killing.’
    • ‘He has visited the orphanages where parentless children are dying of hunger.’
    • ‘The disease is devastating populations in sub-Saharan Africa, leaving 12 percent of the children in the region parentless.’
    • ‘You report how overly punitive drug laws are responsible for leaving many children parentless.’
    • ‘Unfortunately, a mysterious gust of wind blows the last egg several pages away, leaving the duckling to hatch into a parentless world.’

Pronunciation

parentless

/ˈpɛrən(t)ləs//ˈperən(t)ləs/