: a relative by marriage

Examples of in-law in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web An occasional and cordial relationship with these in-laws might be best for everyone. Amy Dickinson, Washington Post, 12 Sep. 2023 After all, my husband and I had managed to find a modest weekend house in New York’s booming Catskills region in 2019 and then fully furnish the interior on a budget in the 16 weekends between the closing date and my in-laws’ arrival for Thanksgiving. Leslie Yazel, wsj.com, 11 Sep. 2023 My in-laws constantly invite themselves to stay at our home. Abigail Van Buren, oregonlive, 9 Sep. 2023 Gwen Bainbridge, meanwhile, has traveled a lonely road since her husband was killed in World War II and her upper-class in-laws had the grieving widow declared insane. Yvonne Zipp, The Christian Science Monitor, 8 Sep. 2023 Her children were baptized there, and her in-laws, who are in their late 80s, were married there too. Abbey McDonald and Ardeshir Tabrizian, oregonlive, 31 Aug. 2023 In fact, Donny says the entire Osmond family got together for a season 2 finale watch party at Chris’ in-laws’ house. Kelsie Gibson, Peoplemag, 29 Aug. 2023 More from Carolyn Hax From the archive: Dysfunctional in-laws want to join her side of family’s vacation Girlfriend flubbed birthday celebration for boyfriend Lovelorn ex-boyfriend needs to take different tack What to call the grandparents? Carolyn Hax, Washington Post, 28 Aug. 2023 Fifteen years later, everybody still comes: immediate family and extended family, in-laws and cousins of cousins, our second-grade teachers, even the occasional boyfriend who's here one year and not the next. Betsy Cribb Watson, Southern Living, 24 Aug. 2023 See More

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Word History


mother-in-law, etc.

First Known Use

1894, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of in-law was in 1894

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“In-law.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/in-law. Accessed 29 Sep. 2023.

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: a relative by marriage

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