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
Theno is survived by his wife, Jill; their son David; sisters Meg Theno, Jan Shiff and Nancy Peth; stepchildren Britt and Morgan Ghan; and six grandchildren.
He is survived by his wife, two children, two stepchildren and 12 grandchildren.
Besides his wife and son, he is survived by another son, Tod Alan Booth; daughters Wendy Stahnke and Heather Booth; stepchildren Diana Sedory and Tony Richardson; six grandchildren, and two great-grandchildren.
Besides her sister, of Fayetteville, Ga., survivors include several stepchildren.
His children and stepchildren have memories of stars showing up at his home studio on weekends.
Matthews leaves behind his wife, Rachel, three children and two stepchildren.
The 2015 comedy hit featured boring stepfather Brad Whitaker (Ferrell) competing for his stepchildren's love against their far-cooler biological father Dusty Mayron (Wahlberg).
In addition to her husband and daughter, Mrs. Frame is survived by son John; stepchildren, Elisa Wirtchafter, Tamara Schorr, and Sara Dominguez; her first husband, John W. Woods; and seven step-grandchildren.
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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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