step·​child | \ ˈstep-ˌchī(-ə)ld How to pronounce stepchild (audio) \

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

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

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She is survived by her husband, Bob Kohn, two stepchildren and two brothers. Washington Post, "Susan Kamil, longtime publisher and editor, dead at 69," 9 Sep. 2019 When the English author launched her literary career after World War I, murder mysteries were a silly stepchild of the publishing profession, providing readers an occasional light diversion from more serious fare. Rob Hubbard, Twin Cities, "Review: Park Square shows off Christie’s mastery of mystery in fun fashion," 20 July 2019 An insecure man competes for the affection of his stepchildren when their freewheeling father breezes back into town. Los Angeles Times, "Here are the feature and TV films airing the week of Sunday, Aug. 11, 2019," 11 Aug. 2019 Neither did her children, the astronaut’s stepchildren, seek any payment. Scott Shane, New York Times, "‘Would Dad Approve?’ Neil Armstrong’s Heirs Divide Over a Lucrative Legacy," 27 July 2019 This Irish native, accused by her stepchildren of performing witchcraft in 1324, was the first in the country to be tried for sorcery as a heretic. Blair Donovan, Country Living, "50 Best Witch Names to Upgrade Your Halloween Costume," 18 July 2019 Besides her daughter, of London, survivors include a son, Bruno Maddox of Beacon, N.Y.; her two stepchildren, Imma Maddox of London and Piers Maddox of Devon, England; and three granddaughters. Emily Langer, Washington Post, "Brenda Maddox, biographer of James Joyce’s wife and other overlooked figures, dies at 87," 28 June 2019 Kughn is survived by children Suzanne Kloster, Gary Kughn and Jennifer Munter; stepchildren Cindy Monroe and Kimberly McGlynn; nine grandchildren; 17 great-grandchildren; and four step-grandchildren. Ann Zaniewski, Detroit Free Press, "Richard P. Kughn, former Lionel toy train co. owner, dies at 89," 13 June 2019 She will be missed also by numerous stepchildren, grandchildren and great-great grandchildren., "Deaths in South Florida: 2/17," 17 Feb. 2018

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First Known Use of stepchild

before the 12th century, in the meaning defined at sense 2

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The first known use of stepchild was before the 12th century

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English Language Learners Definition of stepchild

: 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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