father-in-law

noun \ ˈfä-t͟hə-rən-ˌlȯ , -t͟hərn-ˌlȯ \

Definition of father-in-law

plural fathers-in-law play \-t͟hər-zən-\
1 : the father of one's spouse
2 archaic : stepfather

First Known Use of father-in-law

14th century

in the meaning defined at sense 1

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FATHER-IN-LAW Defined for English Language Learners

father-in-law

Definition of father-in-law for English Language Learners

  • : the father of your husband or wife


FATHER-IN-LAW Defined for Kids

father-in-law

noun fa·ther-in-law \ ˈfä-t͟hər-ən-ˌlȯ \

Definition of father-in-law for Students

plural fathers-in-law
: the father of a person's husband or wife


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