orpheline (s.xivin)

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orpheline (s.xivin)

[ gdw]

[ FEW: 7,420a orphanus; Gdf: ; GdfC: 10,244a orphelin (orpheline); TL: ; DEAF:  orfe (orfeline); DMF:  orpheline; TLF:  orphelin (orpheline); OED: ; MED: ; DMLBS: 2058c orphaninus ]

In the case of the attestation in Ancren2 167.19 (var.), the variant MS has orphanine, with the the ‘ani’ expuncted and replaced by a different hand in the margin with ‘eli’.

The forms orphanine and orpheline both come from the same Latin root, orphaninus (literally, ‘of or like an orphan’). Whereas both forms also appeared in English, only the latter has persisted in Modern French. Therefore, despite their shared etymology, they have been treated as separate articles.


1femalekinshiporphan girl, daughter of deceased parents
( s.xiiiex; MS: 1307-15 )  Icel alme est vedve et orphanins (var. (BN: s.xivin) orpheline), ke ad perdu soen dreit espous, ceo est Jesu Crist, par acun pecché mortel  167.19
( c.1360-79; MS: s.xivex )  jofnes femelines [...] Quant de lour corps ne sont virgines [...] Par ce perdont leur mariage, Dont met esclandre en leur lignage, Sique pour honte en leur putage Tout s'enfuiont comme orphelines  8733
orphain  orphanin  orphanine  orphanité  orphelin 
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