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 days later, a 14-year-old in Alabama confessed to killing five family members—his father, stepmother and three siblings—with a handgun. The Economist, "Republican states loosen their gun laws following mass shootings," 5 Sep. 2019 At a makeshift memorial this week in Santa Barbara harbor, an administrator at a personal injury law firm approached Steve Quitasol, the brother of a man who died in the fire with his three daughters and their stepmother. Los Angeles Times, "California dive boat owner quickly asks judge to limit payouts to victims’ families," 5 Sep. 2019 Young confirmed the victims were the suspect’s father, stepmother and three younger siblings. Gina Martinez, Time, "Alabama Boy, 14, Confesses to Killing 5 Family Members, Including 6-Month-Old Brother, Police Say," 3 Sep. 2019 The victims were the boy’s father, stepmother and siblings, sheriff’s office spokesman Stephen Young told CNN. Wire Service, The Mercury News, "14-year-old confesses to killing his dad, stepmom and three siblings in their Alabama home, authorities say," 3 Sep. 2019 The bond included $300,000 of his own cash along with $170,000 in property from his father, stepmother and friend, who sat in the courtroom gallery. Evan Sernoffsky,, "Engineer charged with stealing Google’s self-driving car secrets," 27 Aug. 2019 Eric spoke at the Republican National Convention, alongside his stepmother and two sisters. Julianne Pepitone, Town & Country, "Everything You Need to Know About Eric Trump," 21 Aug. 2019 Then 27-year-old Honor Elizabeth Wainio called her stepmother. Wired, "Pagers, Pay Phones, and Dialup: How We Communicated on 9/11," 11 Sep. 2019 Others who attended included Jennifer Guttenberg, mother of Jaime Guttenberg; Patricia Padauy Oliver, mother of Joaquin Oliver; Annika Dworet, mother of Nicholas Dworet; and Caryn DeSacial Schachter, stepmother of Alex Schachter. Michael Mayo,, "Mother's Day for Parkland moms: An empty, aching feeling," 13 May 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 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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