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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Julie Hagerman, one of Grant’s daughters, objected in a Probate Court filing to her stepmother’s appointment as special administrator of the estate., "With family grown apart, historic farm is in the middle," 13 July 2018 Nisba Breckinridge postponed her career ambitions in order to care for her new stepmother, who had a mental breakdown in response to the scandal. Melanie Kirkpatrick, WSJ, "‘Bringing Down the Colonel’ Review: The Mistress Wanted Marriage," 18 Nov. 2018 Edwards' stepmother, Charmaine Edwards, testified Tuesday that Jordan's death left a void in the family. Ryan Tarinelli, Fox News, "Mom: Ex-Texas officer convicted of murder is a devoted dad," 30 Aug. 2018 Getting to that point had been a rocky road, as Grant’s three children and their stepmother, Stacy Grant, became embroiled in a legal dispute over the farm., "With family grown apart, historic farm is in the middle," 13 July 2018 Even her press-shy stepmother, first lady Melania Trump, issued a statement about the border crisis on Sunday via her spokeswoman., "Families Are Being Torn Apart At The Border & Where Is Ivanka? At A Fundraiser For The GOP," 18 June 2018 While living with her father and stepmother in Greenwood, Miss., Ms. Gentry learned to play guitar and banjo. Marc Myers, WSJ, "‘Bobbie Gentry: The Girl From Chickasaw County—The Complete Capitol Masters’ Review: A Country Talent, Fully Recognized," 25 Sep. 2018 My father and stepmother just purchased a lovely rosewood and black leather sofa by Hans Wagner there. Condé Nast Traveler, "The Best Antique Stores and Flea Markets, According to the Pros," 21 Sep. 2018 In 1892, Lizzie Borden was accused of murdering her domineering father and stepmother with an ax, in Fall River, Massachusetts. Dan Barna, Teen Vogue, "Chloë Sevigny and Kristen Stewart Star in the Thrilling First Trailer for "Lizzie"," 3 Aug. 2018

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before the 12th century, in the meaning defined above

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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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