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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Of course, out of her many responsibilities, there's a role that means the most to the 37-year-old: being a mom and a stepmother. Tamara Fuentes, Country Living, "Here's What You Should Know About Kelly Clarkson's Children and Stepchildren," 4 June 2019 Many family members, including Kendra Cortez, Eveona’s stepmother, came all the way up from Vancouver, Washington, for the vigil. Bettina Hansen, The Seattle Times, "Remembering two young lives lost in Burien," 30 Mar. 2019 At the event, Kate stood alongside the Queen and stepmother-in-law Camilla. Stacey Leasca, Glamour, "Meghan Markle and Kate Middleton Honored Veterans Together for Remembrance Day," 11 Nov. 2018 Recently, Harry has praised both his father and stepmother Camilla. Caroline Hallemann, Town & Country, "Claims that Prince Charles Is Not Close with His Sons Prince William and Prince Harry Called "Complete Fiction" by Clarence House," 5 Sep. 2018 Their stories converge with that of 17-year-old Jordan McBride, whose pretty new stepmother has a past shrouded in secrecy. Angela Haupt, The Seattle Times, "The 10 books to read in 2019 based on what you loved in 2018," 7 Jan. 2019 Young spoke directly to the perpetrator, Maria Buie, 25, from the witness stand in Suffolk Superior Court, where Buie, the boy’s stepmother, pleaded guilty to involuntary manslaughter in connection with the death of Young’s child, Kenai Whyte. Travis Andersen,, "Woman pleads guilty in beating death of 3-year-old stepson in Roxbury," 13 July 2018 The movie will reportedly be a modern-day version of the classic, and of course, there will be an appearance from an evil stepmother, too. Lauren Rearick, Teen Vogue, "Camila Cabello Is Playing Cinderella in a New Remake," 9 Apr. 2019 But the ’90s role Hendrix is most commonly identified with is Meredith Blake, the stepmother-to-be trying to stop the machinations of two precocious twins (both played by Lindsay Lohan) in the 1998 remake of The Parent Trap. Kristen Lopez, Vox, "The Parent Trap, Meredith Blake, and the ongoing reclamation of “bitch”," 28 July 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 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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