stepchild

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noun step·child \ˈstep-ˌchī(-ə)ld\

Definition of stepchild

  1. 1 :  one that fails to receive proper care or attention <is no longer a stepchild in the family of nations — F. R. Smith>

  2. 2 :  a child of one's wife or husband by a former partner

Examples of stepchild in a sentence

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

Before 12th Century

First Known Use of stepchild

before 12th century


STEPCHILD Defined for English Language Learners

stepchild

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noun step·child \ˈstep-ˌchī(-ə)ld\

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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