Definition of stepchild
1 : one that fails to receive proper care or attention is no longer a stepchild in the family of nations — F. R. Smith
2 : a child of one's wife or husband by a former partner
Examples of stepchild in a Sentence
The school has long been the forgotten stepchild of the state university system.
Recent Examples of stepchild from the Web
Midsize pickups had become a stepchild of the auto industry, neglected in favor of larger trucks such as the Chevy Silverado and Ford F-150.
Upset: Mother's Day can be a tough and confusing day for stepmothers and stepchildren.
To a large extent, the enterprise lurked in an obscure little corner of the business world, the ugly stepchild of advertising.
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First Known Use of stepchild
before 12th century
STEPCHILD Defined for English Language Learners
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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