Definitions from Black's Law Dictionary: 2nd Edition and Ballentine's Law Dictionary as are available for each term in each dictionary.
  • Ballentine's Law Dictionary

    An abandoned child; a child of unknown parentage.

  • Black's Law Dictionary: 2nd Edition

    A deserted or exposed infant; a chlld found without a parent or guardian, its relatives being unknown. It has a settlement in the district where found.
    —-Foundling hospitals. Charitable institutions which exist in most countries for taking care of infants forsaken by their parents, such being generally the offspring of illegal connections. The foundling hospital act in England is the 13 Geo. II. c. 29.