step·​fa·​ther | \ ˈstep-ˌfä-t͟hər How to pronounce stepfather (audio) \

Definition of stepfather

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

Examples of stepfather in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Meanwhile, Gabby's mother and stepfather, Jim, hadn't heard from their daughter since that worrisome text message from August 27. CBS News, 25 Sep. 2021 Espinoza is survived by his brother, mother and stepfather, Cuellar's office said. Meredith Deliso, ABC News, 28 Aug. 2021 Both her stepfather and late husband, actor John Derek, were veterans. Fox News, 5 Aug. 2021 Sarah Mendoza grew up in Mount Auburn with her five siblings, mother and stepfather in a house on Garland Avenue where her grandmother still lives. Sharon Grigsby, Dallas News, 30 July 2021 Her family was well-to-do: Her father was a medical doctor who went to work in Africa, and her mother and stepfather owned a restaurant in Casablanca, Morocco. New York Times, 21 July 2021 Footage of the Hyatt Regency's dance party showed his mother and stepfather having a glorious time, Wright said. Holly Yan, CNN, 17 July 2021 Lori Vallow and Chad Daybell, the mother and stepfather of two Idaho kids who were last seen in September 2019, were indicted on first-degree murder charges Tuesday in the children's deaths. NBC News, 26 May 2021 Family members said that her mother and stepfather, Richard Mosley, inspired her and her siblings to attend college. Jacques Kelly,, 24 May 2021

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First Known Use of stepfather

before the 12th century, in the meaning defined above

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“Stepfather.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 28 Sep. 2021.

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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 How to pronounce stepfather (audio) \

Kids Definition of stepfather

: the husband of someone's parent after the death or divorce of his or her natural or legal father

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