Definition of stepmother
: the wife of one's father when distinct from one's natural or legal mother
Recent Examples of stepmother from the Web
Hanning joined the Hitler Youth with his class in 1935 at age 13, then volunteered at 18 for the Waffen SS at the urging of his stepmother.
After my divorce, his stepmother helped me to raise him (by joint custody) from the age of 5 to18.
In 1927, Lizzie Borden, accused but acquitted of the 1892 ax murders of her father, Andrew, and her stepmother, Abby, died in Fall River, Massachusetts, at age 66.
At the time of the earthquake, my father, stepmother, little sister and I were sitting in the living room of their home in PetionVille, an eastern neighborhood of Port-au-Prince, our faces lit only by the yellowish glow of a kerosene lamp.
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First Known Use of stepmother
before 12th century
STEPMOTHER Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of stepmother for English Language Learners
: a woman that your father marries after his marriage to or relationship with your mother has ended
STEPMOTHER Defined for Kids
Definition of stepmother for Students
: the wife of someone's father after the death or divorce of his or her real mother
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