step·fa·ther | \ˈstep-ˌfä-t͟hər \

Definition of stepfather 

: the husband of one's parent when distinct from one's natural or legal father

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Christopher Dolan, a lawyer for the family, said Jahi finally died of bleeding because of liver failure and a brain injury at a hospital in New Brunswick on June 22, with her mother, Nailah Winkfield, and stepfather, Marvin Winkfield, at her side. Bob Egelko,, "Case of Jahi McMath, girl declared brain-dead, raises judicial issues," 29 June 2018 Groene became a household name nationwide in 2005, after Joseph Duncan broke into her family's Coeur d’Alene home, killed her mother Brenda, brother Slade and stepfather Mark McKenzie, and abducted her, then 8, and her 9-year-old brother Dylan. Katy Moeller And Nicole Blanchard, idahostatesman, "Shasta Groene violates probation in injury to child case," 24 June 2018 Robert McCoy was convicted of killing his estranged wife's mother, stepfather and son in Bossier City in 2008. Heather Nolan,, "Supreme Court grants new trial for La. death row inmate whose lawyer conceded guilt," 14 May 2018 The mother, stepfather and son of McCoy's estranged wife were found shot to death in 2008. Richard Wolf, USA TODAY, "Supreme Court orders new trial for accused murderer who disputed his lawyer's guilty plea," 14 May 2018 Foster, of course, was famously married to Real Housewives of Beverly Hills star Yolanda Hadid, and therefore the one-time stepfather to Gigi and Bella Hadid., "Katharine McPhee Is Engaged To (Yes, That) David Foster," 3 July 2018 By the time Tsang made it to Los Angeles, his family had been shattered and was ruled by an intimidating stepfather. Peter Keough,, "An immigrant story, atrocity tourism, the future of Barbie," 28 June 2018 The stepfather is now on death row while his mother is serving a life sentence. Richard Winton,, "Authorities had previously visited home where boy was found dead under suspicious circumstances," 22 June 2018 That pattern accentuates the pain for the child who already feels deserted by their birth fathers only to lose stepfathers and other men in their mothers' lives. USA TODAY, "Fatherlessness is harder on Father's Day, but 'father figures,' other role models fill in," 15 June 2018

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before the 12th century, in the meaning defined above

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

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English Language Learners Definition of stepfather

: a man that your mother marries after her marriage to or relationship with your father has ended


step·fa·ther | \ˈstep-ˌfä-t͟hər \

Kids Definition of stepfather

: the husband of someone's mother after the death or divorce of his or her real father

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