step·​moth·​er | \ˈstep-ˌmə-t͟hər \

Definition of stepmother 

: the wife of one's parent when distinct from one's natural or legal mother

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At home in Cairo about 45 miles (70 kilometers) away, Sarah's father and stepmother, Roy and Amber Radney, kept in touch with her grandparents through frequent phone calls as the storm winds gusted around them. Kate Brumback, Fox News, "Georgia girl, 11, dies as Michael hurls debris through roof," 12 Oct. 2018 Ever since the royal wedding, Meghan Markle seems to be getting along more and more with her stepmother-in-law, Camilla Parker Bowles. Kayla Keegan, Good Housekeeping, "Why Meghan Markle and Camilla Parker Bowles Have Almost Identical Cross Bracelets," 18 July 2018 Bardo moved to Arizona with Christian's stepmother, and during a visit, Christian discovered downtown Chandler and saw that the space below Puro Cigar Bar was available. Kellie Hwang, azcentral, "'Let's go downtown': How Chandler's restaurant, bar scene helped transform city," 26 June 2018 One of us, the father, was 80 years old, the other — the stepmother — is . ., "A modern wonder — the electric bike — lets us relive the good old days in France," 11 July 2018 And her father's real stepmother was Academy Award-winning actress Shirley Jones, who co-starred with him in the beloved show. Stephanie Nolasco, Fox News, "Katie Cassidy says she didn't rely on father David Cassidy to make it as an actress," 23 May 2018 Reba married manager and guitarist Narvel Blackstock in 1989, making her the stepmother to his three children: Shawna, Chassidy, and Brandon Blackstock. Kelly O'sullivan, Country Living, "How Are Reba McEntire and Kelly Clarkson Related?," 12 Apr. 2018 On Michigan Avenue past Historic Adventist Village is hilly Leila Arboretum, set on land donated to the city by C.W. Post’s second wife, Leila Y. Post Montgomery (Marjorie Merriweather Post’s stepmother). Richard Selden,, "Battle Creek dishes up cereal — with a side of nostalgia — at breakfast-food bash in June," 22 May 2018 Terri Horman, the stepmother of missing Kyron Horman, remarried last month in Nevada, according to KGW. The Oregonian/oregonlive,, "Terri Horman, stepmom of missing Kyron Horman, remarries, report says," 20 Apr. 2018

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before the 12th century, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of stepmother was before the 12th century

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English Language Learners Definition of stepmother

: a woman that your father marries after his marriage to or relationship with your mother has ended


step·​moth·​er | \ˈstep-ˌmə-t͟hər \

Kids Definition of stepmother

: the wife of someone's father after the death or divorce of his or her real mother

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