daugh·​ter-in-law ˈdȯ-tər-in-ˌlȯ How to pronounce daughter-in-law (audio)
plural daughters-in-law ˈdȯ-tər-zin-ˌlȯ How to pronounce daughter-in-law (audio)
: the wife of one's son or daughter

Examples of daughter-in-law in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Others in her family who died tragically young include nephew JFK Jr., niece Kara, estranged daughter-in-law Mary, nephew Christopher, granddaughters Saoirse and Maeve, and great-grandson Gideon. People Staff, Peoplemag, 11 Apr. 2024 The two victims were the lawyer’s former daughter-in-law and the attorney representing her in the deposition. Elizabeth Robinson, NBC News, 9 Apr. 2024 Tammy hopped on the post to publicly share her excitement for her son and her future daughter-in-law. Elizabeth Ayoola, Essence, 8 Apr. 2024 Kennedy, whose campaign is managed by his daughter-in-law, Amaryllis Fox Kennedy, a former CIA officer, and includes communications director Del Bigtree, the CEO of an anti-vaccine advocacy group, has promoted false claims, extreme positions and shifting postures on a variety of issues. Meryl Kornfield, Washington Post, 8 Apr. 2024 Jim Morgan and his wife, Sally, aren't Muslim or Arab but their daughter-in-law is Palestinian. Gabriella Abdul-Hakim, ABC News, 2 Apr. 2024 Father-in-law was visibly upset when meeting his daughter-in-law’s Black parent? Carolyn Hax, Washington Post, 2 Apr. 2024 Trump installed Michael Whatley, a loyalist from North Carolina, as the chairman of the party, along with daughter-in-law Lara Trump as co-chair. Josh Dawsey The Washington Post, arkansasonline.com, 28 Mar. 2024 Trump’s daughter-in-law, Lara Trump, was made co-chair. Journal Sentinel, 28 Mar. 2024

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Word History

First Known Use

14th century, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of daughter-in-law was in the 14th century

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“Daughter-in-law.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/daughter-in-law. Accessed 18 Apr. 2024.

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plural daughters-in-law
: the wife of one's son

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