step·​fa·​ther ˈstep-ˌfä-t͟hər How to pronounce stepfather (audio)
: 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 The series will also feature interviews with the mother and stepfather of victim Madison Mogen and the family of Ethan Chapin. Rick Porter, The Hollywood Reporter, 1 July 2024 The Benjamin Day School alum, who was raised in Palm Beach by her mother and stepfather, late real estate developer Kenneth Wolofsky, met Perry in one of the troubled star’s stints in rehab. Madeleine Marr, Miami Herald, 27 June 2024 Their lineage encompasses her mother and stepfather who care deeply about fashion. Essence, 20 June 2024 In other testimony heard by the jurors in the most recent court case, a minor girl was forced to watch from a taxi as her mother and stepfather were executed on the side of the street, before being given the equivalent of less than a dollar to return home and survive as an orphan. Stefano Pozzebon, CNN, 14 June 2024 See all Example Sentences for stepfather 

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Word History

First Known Use

before the 12th century, in the meaning defined above

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

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“Stepfather.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 13 Jul. 2024.

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step·​fa·​ther ˈstep-ˌfät͟h-ər How to pronounce stepfather (audio)
: the husband of one's mother when distinct from one's natural or legal father

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