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

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Braiden spent most of childhood living with their mom and stepfather on 21 acres of land in rural Spotsylvania County in Virginia. Samantha Schmidt, Washington Post, "Braiden Schirtzinger is non-binary, pregnant and about to take on the most gendered role of all," 16 Aug. 2019 The bodies of Alita Johnson, her stepfather Horace McCouellem, and 3-year-old son Haashim Johnson weren’t found for days after their North Philly home went up in flames. Aubrey Nagle,, "Parents silenced in family court, LOVE sculpture artist dies | Morning Newsletter," 22 May 2018 Her mother and stepfather had managed her and had done a wonderful job. Wendy Naugle, Glamour, "The Woman Behind Jennifer Aniston’s Return to TV Has Some Career Advice for You," 24 July 2019 She is survived by her mother and stepfather; brother and sister-law; her niece and nephews; aunt and uncle; and her dogs Nucleus and Jake. Lynette Rice,, "Everwood star Stephanie Niznik dead at 52," 14 July 2019 February 24, 1972 - October 16, 2018 Stacey Swift, 46, passed away in Port Charlotte, Florida October 16, 2018 with her mother and stepfather at her side., "Stacey Swift," 24 June 2019 Among them: An Oregon man whose rampage with an ax left his mother, stepfather, girlfriend and baby daughter dead., "US records 20 mass killings so far in 2019, including 1 in Oregon," 1 Aug. 2019 Keyla’s stepfather, Lalo, was shot in the arm, one of a dozen people wounded at the festival. Nanette Asimov,, "13-year-old girl killed at Gilroy Garlic Festival: ‘I can’t tell you how much pain we feel’," 29 July 2019 His stepfather, David John, is in attendance, having recently been released from prison. Los Angeles Times, "Review: White supremacists and the alt-right descend on a small town in the melodramatic ‘Copperhead’," 19 July 2019

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First Known Use of stepfather

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 How to pronounce stepfather (audio) \

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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authorized for issue (as a bond)

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