mother-in-law

noun moth·er-in-law \ ˈmə-t͟hər-ən-ˌlȯ , ˈmət͟h-rən- , ˈmə-t͟hərn- \

Definition of mother-in-law

plural mothers-in-law play \ˈmə-t͟hər-zən-\
1 : the mother of one's spouse
2 archaic : stepmother

First Known Use of mother-in-law

14th century

in the meaning defined at sense 1

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MOTHER-IN-LAW Defined for English Language Learners

mother-in-law

Definition of mother-in-law for English Language Learners

  • : the mother of your husband or wife


MOTHER-IN-LAW Defined for Kids

mother-in-law

noun moth·er-in-law \ ˈmə-t͟hər-ən-ˌlȯ \

Definition of mother-in-law for Students

plural mothers-in-law
: the mother of someone's husband or wife


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