an elderly person without family

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HolyUnicorn

Senior Member
Mandarin / the Shanghai Dialect
How can I describe an elderly person without any living relatives? Are 1 and 2 both correct?

1. an elderly person without living relatives
2. an elderly person without family
 
  • lingobingo

    Senior Member
    English - England
    No, there’s no such word — only specific terms such as widow/widower, meaning someone whose husband/wife has died; or orphan (no longer used), meaning a child whose parents have both died.
     
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