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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Baltimore County police have arrested a 32-year-old man in connection with the killing of his stepmother and her neighbor in Rosedale. Sarah Meehan,, "Baltimore County police believe man killed his stepmother, then her Rosedale neighbor," 27 June 2018 Not long after, Jimmy Miller’s father and stepmother flew from North Carolina to Washington, to spend a month with him after 27 years apart. NBC News, "Son of U.S. soldier left behind in Vietnam helps other 'Amerasians' reunite with families," 15 June 2018 Foyle does the heavy lifting, with the full-time assistance of his stepmother, a Colgate professor who took a sabbatical to help run DM. Scott Ostler, San Francisco Chronicle, "Former Warrior Adonal Foyle takes aim at political system," 22 Mar. 2018 Cinderella is actually a shy boy named Paul who lives in fear of his controlling stepmother. Allie Briggs,, "This Author Is Reinventing Fairy Tale Princesses, & You'll Hardly Recognize Them," 14 Mar. 2018 The grasping consort and devious stepmother are stock types as old as time. Maxwell Carter, WSJ, "‘Empress’ Review: Light of the Mughal World," 13 July 2018 Several members of the Kennedy clan — including Robert F. Kennedy Jr., the groom’s father; Cheryl Hines, the groom’s stepmother; and Kerry Kennedy, the groom’s aunt — posted photos on Instagram to commemorate the occasion. Kevin Slane,, "Robert Kennedy III marries former CIA officer Amaryllis Fox at Cape Cod family compound," 9 July 2018 Louis Germosen left his dad and stepmother's house on June 28, family members say, and has been missing ever since. Josh Magness, miamiherald, "Teen went missing. Anonymous text message said 'search the park and the pond,' family says," 9 July 2018 On Tuesday, Benjamin’s stepmother was arrested and accused in his death, according to the sheriff’s office and online jail records., "Stepmom Accused of Murdering 4-Year-Old Boy: 'I Knew Instinctively Who Did This,' Grandma Says," 15 June 2018

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First Known Use of stepmother

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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