stepfather

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noun step·fa·ther \ ˈstep-ˌfä-t͟hər \

Definition of stepfather

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

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First Known Use of stepfather

before 12th century


STEPFATHER Defined for English Language Learners

stepfather

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Definition of stepfather for English Language Learners

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


STEPFATHER Defined for Kids

stepfather

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noun step·fa·ther \ ˈstep-ˌfä-t͟hər \

Definition of stepfather for Students

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


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