step·​moth·​er ˈstep-ˌmə-t͟hər How to pronounce stepmother (audio)
: the wife of one's parent when distinct from one's natural or legal mother

Example Sentences

Recent Examples on the Web Snook is also stepmother to Lawson's son from a previous relationship. Shania Russell,, 30 May 2023 The teenager was declared missing by his stepmother on January 27, 2020, and in March, she was arrested in connection with his disappearance. Julia Moore, Peoplemag, 9 May 2023 At the trial, prosecutors introduced the jury to Gannon Stauch through a recording of him with Leticia Stauch, where he could be heard responding to a question from his stepmother, CBS Colorado reported. CBS News, 4 Apr. 2023 But the towers her stepmother created, assisted by Elliott over the last few years, leave Leah awestruck. Jeffrey Ann Goudie,, 9 Mar. 2023 In this variation of the fairy tale, the wicked stepmother is replaced by a stepfather, Don Magnifico. Kirby Adams, The Courier-Journal, 16 Feb. 2023 Both Alcock and D’Arcy, portraying a royal who flaunts her empowered sexuality as much as her stepmother, Queen Alicent (played in early episodes by Emily Carey and later by Olivia Cooke), publicly plays the nurturing, dutiful wife, burn alongside him. Robyn Bahr, The Hollywood Reporter, 19 Dec. 2022 After her stepmother died, Beltré moved her father into her home in Fort Myers, Florida, in 2016. Joanne Kenen, USA TODAY, 17 May 2023 In addition to her husband, son, and father, Ms. Silverstein leaves her stepmother, Beverly Shorin. Alex Williams,, 17 May 2023 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

before the 12th century, in the meaning defined above

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

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“Stepmother.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 5 Jun. 2023.

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step·​moth·​er -ˌmət͟h-ər How to pronounce stepmother (audio)
: the wife of one's father when distinct from one's natural or legal mother

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