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

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Three sisters — Angela, Nicole and Evan Quitasol — set out Saturday with their father, Michael, and their stepmother, Fernisa Sison. Los Angeles Times, "34 people trapped on burning boat. The crew was asleep and unable to help, officials say," 13 Sep. 2019 According to police, the teen allegedly killed his father, John Sisk, 38, and his stepmother, Mary Sisk, 35. Chris Harris, PEOPLE.com, "Grandma Says She's Standing by Boy, 14, Accused of Killing 5 Family Members: 'We Are Going to Love Him'," 12 Sep. 2019 Susana Rosas of Stockton, California, posted that her three daughters — Evan, Nicole and Angela Quitasol — were with their father, Michael Quitasol, and stepmother, Fernisa Sison. Washington Post, "Only 1 person remains missing from dive boat fire," 6 Sep. 2019 Susana Rosas of Stockton, California, posted that her three daughters — Evan, Nicole and Angela Quitasol — were with their father, Michael Quitasol, and stepmother, Fernisa Sison. Anchorage Daily News, "Only 1 person remains missing from dive boat fire," 5 Sep. 2019 Her stepmother, Amanda Carmack, 34, was arrested for murder, neglect of a dependent resulting in death, domestic battery resulting in death, and strangulation, according to the Indiana State Police. Elisha Fieldstadt, NBC News, "Body of 10-year-old Indiana girl missing for days found in plastic bag in shed, stepmom arrested," 5 Sep. 2019 The teen confessed to fatally shooting his 38-year-old father John Sisk, his 35-year-old stepmother Mary Sisk, and his three siblings, according to the Limestone County sheriff’s office. Ashley Remkus | Aremkus@al.com, al, "Teen accused of killing 5 had burned animals, discovered family secret, relative says," 4 Sep. 2019 The stepmother, Mary Sisk, worked as a special education teacher in Huntsville, according to her page on the school website. CBS News, "Alabama boy confesses to killing parents and 3 younger siblings, sheriff says," 4 Sep. 2019 The second season earned four Emmy nominations: for Outstanding Comedy Series, Lead Actress (for Waller-Bridge), and Supporting Actress (both Olivia Colman, who plays Fleabag's stepmother, and Sian Clifford, who plays Fleabag's sister, Claire). Estelle Tang, Vogue, "Phoebe Waller-Bridge's Fleabag Is Coming to Theaters Very Soon," 29 Aug. 2019

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First Known Use of stepmother

before the 12th century, in the meaning defined above

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stepmother

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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

stepmother

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

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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