step·​fam·​i·​ly ˈstep-ˌfam-lē How to pronounce stepfamily (audio)
: a family in which there is a stepparent

Example Sentences

Recent Examples on the Web One of the oldest and most popular stories in history is that of Cinderella, which follows a beautiful young woman with a harsh stepfamily who falls in love with a prince. Okla Jones, Essence, 2 Nov. 2022 Here, the future-princess is a budding designer living in her stepfamily’s basement, dreaming of a career in couture. oregonlive, 24 Sep. 2021 In North Dakota, searching for their grandson and his new stepfamily, the Weboys, the Blackledges follow a trail of clues and small-town gossip that grows more and more ominous. Tribune News Service, cleveland, 4 Nov. 2020 In North Dakota, the Blackledges search for their grandson and his new stepfamily, the Weboys, following a trail of clues and small-town gossip that grows more and more ominous. Katie Walsh, Los Angeles Times, 4 Nov. 2020 In this new book, Rudy retells the classic Cinderella tale, putting a young mouse under the thumbs of a ratty stepfamily. oregonlive, 4 Apr. 2020 That’s what Wagner would label a complex stepfamily — where there are multiple sets of children. Nneka Mcguire,, 9 May 2018 And don’t be afraid to study: reading literature on stepfamily development can offer insights. Nneka Mcguire,, 9 May 2018 Like Hurst, Bridgeport resident Amy Ramirez Diaz is part of a complex stepfamily. Nneka Mcguire,, 9 May 2018 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

1873, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of stepfamily was in 1873

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Cite this Entry

“Stepfamily.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 27 Nov. 2022.

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