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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There are boys with alcoholic stepfathers or with mothers worried about the lures of the hustlers who gravitated to high-school athletes. David M. Shribman, WSJ, "‘Tigerland’ Review: Playing the Game Their Way," 18 Jan. 2019 Not to a stepfather who loved the child like his own. Mac Engel, star-telegram, "They lost their parents in a murder-suicide. Now the Durrett Foundation is stepping up," 26 June 2018 DeAngelo's stepfather worked for Burgarel’s father at Sierra Crane and Hoist as a welder making indoor overhead cranes. Tony Bizjak, Anita Chabria, Dale Kasler, Nashelly Chavez And Diana Lambert, sacbee, "He was quirky and complex. But they never thought the former cop next door could be notorious," 25 Apr. 2018 The girl's stepfather said the video shows Fulton setting up the camera, according to the affidavit. Jim Ryan,, "Man arrested on suspicion of filming teen girl in Newport bathroom, records show," 9 Apr. 2018 Mozzi's stepfather was Christopher Shale, a British political operative and close friend of previous Prime Minister David Cameron, who died at the Glastonbury music festival in 2011. Chloe Foussianes, Town & Country, "Who Is Princess Beatrice's New Boyfriend, Edoardo Mapelli Mozzi?," 20 Nov. 2018 Looking back, Field thinks her romance with Reynolds was her trying to recreate a version of her relationship with her stepfather. Mariah Haas, Fox News, "Sally Field says she was sexually abused by her stepfather in new memoir," 12 Sep. 2018 Tarek decided to open up in order to raise awareness about the disease after his stepfather was diagnosed as well. Taysha Murtaugh, Country Living, "Inside Tarek El Moussa's Scary Cancer Battle—and One of His Healthiest Flip or Flop Seasons Yet," 29 May 2018 Schuette's late stepfather was chairman of Dow Chemical Co. Read more: His statement shows a primary residence worth $688,000 in his hometown of Midland, a family cottage valued at $555,000 in northern Michigan and $323,000 in checking accounts. David Eggert, Detroit Free Press, "Bill Schuette discloses personal assets: What he's worth," 25 May 2018

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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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