step·​broth·​er | \ ˈstep-ˌbrə-t͟hər \

Definition of stepbrother

: a son of one's stepparent by a former partner

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On July 1, 2012, Williams — Jackson’s 18-year-old stepbrother — was shot and killed while sitting with friends on the back porch of a house in McKeesport, Pa. Mike Vorel, The Seattle Times, "The critic. The muse. The mentor. Meet the people who built Seahawks defensive end Branden Jackson," 21 Aug. 2018 Hundreds of adult men, including six of Ms. Murad’s brothers and stepbrothers, were murdered, while women and girls—as young as nine, the U.N. reported—were awarded to fighters who raped and sold them in slave markets. Gabriele Steinhauser, WSJ, "Nobel Peace Prize Awarded to Anti-Sexual Violence Campaigners," 5 Oct. 2018 Back in 1990, Jaime and Sherry were 5 and 3 years old, respectively, and living in Northern California with their parents, Kim and Jim, and 12-year-old stepbrother Bobby., "For Children with This Rare Life-Threatening Skin Condition, Sunlight Can Kill," 23 Mar. 2018 With the new mother came a cruel new stepbrother: Curtis Salyer, currently identified in the Oklahoma prison system as Inmate No. Eric Adler, kansascity, "Unmasked: Inside the miraculous, mad, mysterious life of Dr. MooMoo," 17 June 2018 The counterprotesters included many familiar faces, including her boyfriend's stepbrother. Carolyn Thompson And Michael Melia,, "School-walkout unity also lays bare division among students," 17 Mar. 2018 Rose Garner, Katrina Garner's wife and Jack's stepmother, will compete in the senior race along with her son and Jack's stepbrother, 18-year-old Matthew Theisen. Beth Bragg, Anchorage Daily News, "A year after fatal bear attack, family will return to Bird Ridge for ‘Jack’s Run’," 15 June 2018 Several witnesses have testified that the Salemmes had a hidden interest in the Channel, the nightclub purchased by DiSarro and his stepbrother in 1992. Shelley Murphy,, "‘Cadillac Frank’ Salemme’s lawyer asks gangster witness: Isn’t that you in the picture?," 8 June 2018 Valentine's Day massacre claims four brothers On Feb. 14, 1977, Gregory Brooks, 22, and his stepbrothers, Ralph Spencer, 14, Reeve Spencer, 16, and Raymond Spencer, 17, were killed in their mobile home near Hollandsburg in Western Indiana. Tim Evans, Indianapolis Star, "Notorious mass murders in Indiana's past," 25 Nov. 2013

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First Known Use of stepbrother

15th century, in the meaning defined above

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English Language Learners Definition of stepbrother

: the son of your stepmother or stepfather

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