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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Even though there is now a chance that Juan may stay in the U.S. while his case is pending, he is still separated from his pregnant girlfriend and 4-year-old stepchild who are in Georgia. Gustavo Solis, San Diego Union-Tribune, "How non-traditional families are separated at the border," 28 June 2019 Arizona natives Mark and Victor Olivas were featured in a Budweiser commercial highlighting the relationships between stepfathers and their stepchildren. Molly Bohannon, azcentral, "Grab your tissues: Father's Day Budweiser commercial features Phoenix family," 16 June 2019 How likely were my possibly future stepchildren to respect my authority if my reading level was below theirs? Alexandra Marshall, Vogue, "What Does It Take to Stepmother a Pair of French Kids?," 17 May 2019 There’s multiple older relationships and stepchildren and just the whole gamut of the everyday family. Yvonne Villarreal,, "Production designer Ross Dempster explains his future-forward look on Netflix's new 'Lost in Space'," 17 Apr. 2018 The region is, in many ways, a stepchild to the rest of the country, a place where most people trace their ethnic roots to Myanmar or China, and where a thicket of separatist militias have waged decades-long fights for independence. Yirmiyan Arthur, Fox News, "In cricket-mad India, 1 distant corner is crazy for soccer," 29 June 2018 He is survived by his wife, the former Diane Barber, a lawyer, as well as three children, two stepchildren, 13 grandchildren, one great-grandchild and a brother. James R. Hagerty, WSJ, "‘Soot King’ Samuel Bodman Rejuvenated Chemical Firm and Served in Bush Cabinet," 28 Sep. 2018 Yet its art has often been considered an interesting but provincial stepchild of India’s. Lee Lawrence, WSJ, "‘The Jeweled Isle: Art From Sri Lanka’ Review: Reclaiming a Country’s Creative History," 1 Jan. 2019 The 34-year-old has a two-year-old son, Wolfie, from a previous relationship—meaning that if things get serious, there could be a royal stepchild in the mix. Chloe Foussianes, Town & Country, "Who Is Princess Beatrice's New Boyfriend, Edoardo Mapelli Mozzi?," 20 Nov. 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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