stepchild

noun step·child \ ˈstep-ˌchī(-ə)ld \
Updated on: 29 Mar 2018

Definition of stepchild

1 : a child of one's wife or husband by a former partner
2 : one that fails to receive proper care or attention
  • is no longer a stepchild in the family of nations
  • —F. R. Smith

Examples of stepchild in a Sentence

  1. The school has long been the forgotten stepchild of the state university system.

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First Known Use of stepchild

before 12th century


STEPCHILD Defined for English Language Learners

stepchild

Definition of stepchild for English Language Learners

  • : your wife's or husband's child by a past marriage or relationship : a stepson or stepdaughter

  • : someone or something that does not receive enough care or attention



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