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 Matt had taken his stepfather’s last name, and was afraid to tell his dad. Tim Diovanni, Dallas News, "Matt Zoller Seitz is helping his jazz-legend dad produce his final record in Dallas — and documenting it on film," 28 Aug. 2020 On April 28, 1973, Glover and his stepfather were walking in South Jamaica, Queens, when a plainclothes patrolman named Thomas Shea approached them. Jennifer Gonnerman, The New Yorker, "A Transit Worker’s Survival Story," 24 Aug. 2020 Phoenix cold case detectives investigating the disappearance of a teenage girl nearly two decades ago have arrested her stepfather on a murder charge. Robert Gearty, Fox News, "Phoenix girl's disappearance nearly 20 years ago leads to arrest of stepdad on murder charge," 21 Aug. 2020 On Thursday, her stepfather Michael Turney was arrested, and faces charges of second-degree murder. Lauren Castle, The Arizona Republic, "Stepfather charged in 19-year-old disappearance of Paradise Valley teen," 20 Aug. 2020 Growing up, he was known as Scottie Moorhead, a combination of his own middle name and his stepfather’s surname. Tom Maxwell, Longreads, "Shelved: Jeff Buckley’s Sketches for My Sweetheart the Drunk," 10 Aug. 2020 Curts' stepfather is four-time street stock champion Eddie Wolf. Tony Baranek,, "Clay Curts follows expert advice while chasing the champions at Grundy County Speedway: ‘Our hard work is finally paying off.’," 10 Aug. 2020 Even so, Musgrave’s stepfather urges her to stay in San Francisco as long as possible. Carly Stern,, "A post-pandemic Bay Area concern: Who will be left to shape our communities?," 30 Aug. 2020 Her mother remarried when Alissa was 3 and her stepfather adopted her. Lauren Castle, The Arizona Republic, "Stepfather charged in 19-year-old disappearance of Paradise Valley teen," 20 Aug. 2020

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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 24 Sep. 2020.

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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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