stepmother

noun
step·​moth·​er | \ ˈstep-ˌmə-t͟hər How to pronounce stepmother (audio) \

Definition of stepmother

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

Examples of stepmother in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Family members told troopers that Pelkey lived in Anchorage in the late 1970s but moved to Arkansas as a teenager before returning to Alaska in 1981 to live with her father and stepmother. Mark Thiessen, Anchorage Daily News, 22 Oct. 2021 Breland, in her opening statements, chronicled the events of that night, stating that Emma was in her bedroom which was adjacent to the room shared by her father and stepmother. Carol Robinson | Crobinson@al.com, al, 20 Oct. 2021 Marcano’s mother is from the British Virgin Islands, and her father and stepmother are from Trinidad. Eileen Kelley, sun-sentinel.com, 5 Oct. 2021 Prince William and the Duchess of Cambridge, Kate Middleton, were seated in the royal box alongside his father and stepmother: Prince Charles and the Duchess of Cornwall, Camilla Parker-Bowles. Manori Ravindran, Variety, 28 Sep. 2021 His mother died shortly after he was born and he was raised by his father and stepmother. Sam Whiting, San Francisco Chronicle, 23 Sep. 2021 It’s a Cinderella story, minus everything but the drudge and the stepmother. Robert Lloyd, Los Angeles Times, 12 Nov. 2021 Family members told troopers that Pelkey lived in Anchorage in the late 1970s, but moved to Arkansas as a teenager before returning to Alaska in 1981 to live with her father and stepmother. CBS News, 23 Oct. 2021 Davis is also stepmother to Tennon's two children from previous relationships. Glenn Garner, PEOPLE.com, 23 June 2021

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First Known Use of stepmother

before the 12th century, in the meaning defined above

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“Stepmother.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/stepmother. Accessed 3 Dec. 2021.

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stepmother

noun

English Language Learners Definition of stepmother

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

stepmother

noun
step·​moth·​er | \ ˈstep-ˌmə-t͟hər How to pronounce stepmother (audio) \

Kids Definition of stepmother

: the wife of someone's parent after the death or divorce of his or her natural or legal mother

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