Updated: 10/04/2017 by Computer Hope

An orphan may refer to any of the following:

orphan definition1. Alternatively referred to as a widow, orphan is a term used to describe a paragraph of text that has its last line on the next page instead of the page the paragraph first started. When writing any document or school paper, try to avoid this problem by watching where your paragraphs end.

2. When referring to Novell Groupwise, an orphan refers to a message that has been deleted by all users, but remains in the message database.

Orphan file, Word processor terms