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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Alyssa’s mother and stepfather, Amber and Duane Engebretson, weren’t happy with their daughter’s care and repeatedly asked for her to be transferred to another hospital — including with a letter from a lawyer — but that Mayo Clinic refused. Emma Sarran Webster, Teen Vogue, "Minnesota Teen's Family Alleges She Was "Medically Kidnapped" By Mayo Clinic," 14 Aug. 2018 On a visit to their childhood home, Merrywood, to see their mother Janet and their stepfather, Jackie and Lee came together and sorted through old diaries, letters, and artifacts stored in the attic. Sam Kashner And Nancy Schoenberger, Town & Country, "How Jackie Kennedy and Lee Radziwill Found Careers and Happiness in the 1970s," 13 Aug. 2018 In 2013, 8-year-old Gabriel Fernandez was killed by his mother and stepfather after months of repeated torture. Richard Winton,, "Authorities had previously visited home where boy was found dead under suspicious circumstances," 22 June 2018 Relatives also wondered whether a family connection played a role: House's stepfather is friends with Mason's grandfather Norman, and both are prominent fixtures at a local black church., "A portrait emerges of Austin bomber's life, but not his motives," 21 Mar. 2018 House’s stepfather and Mason’s grandfather were close friends and both prominent members of Austin’s African American community. Kristine Phillips, Washington Post, "Surveillance footage, cellphone data led to takedown of Austin bomber, officials say," 21 Mar. 2018 Tessa Neumann spoke with the Journal Sentinel over a series of interviews, totaling nearly 10 hours, joined by her stepfather, Kurt, for most of them, and her mother, Barbra, for all of them. Piet Levy, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "BoDeans' Kurt Neumann, stepdaughter accuse former band member Sam Llanas of molestation," 11 June 2018 Lee said investigators found no bomb-making materials, and two rifles and a handgun found during a search were legally owned by his stepfather and were locked in a gun case where Jameson couldn't to get them. Don Thompson,, "Man gets 15-year sentence for plotting San Francisco tourist attraction attack," 4 June 2018 Browning was not afraid of the training ahead or of any awkwardness in being coached by his stepfather. David Woods, Indianapolis Star, "IU track keeping it in the family: A coach and his stepsons," 10 May 2018

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before the 12th century, in the meaning defined above

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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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