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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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 In addition to his wife, brother, father and daughters, Greg Kouri is survived by stepmother Diane Kouri, of Montreal. Elinor J. Brecher, miamiherald, "Gregory Anthony Kouri, early PayPal investor, dies at 51," 13 Aug. 2012 Susana Rosas of Stockton, California, posted on social media that her three daughters, their father and stepmother were on board. Stefanie Dazio, Anchorage Daily News, "Flames blocked escape for 34 divers on boat, officials say," 4 Sep. 2019 Kupfer, who lives in New Jersey, grew up in Cleveland Heights, and during the delay arranged to meet her father and stepmother for a brief visit in the terminal. Susan Glaser,, "After flight from Israel diverted to Cleveland Hopkins, this Clevelander made sure no passengers went hungry," 2 Aug. 2019 In 1893, a jury in New Bedford, Massachusetts, found Lizzie Borden not guilty of the ax murders of her father and stepmother., "This day in history," 20 June 2019 The boy’s father, stepmother and two older brothers were arrested on child neglect warrants and booked into jail the following day. Benjamin Brown, Fox News, "Emaciated teen living in barn was 'within a week of death,' authorities say," 20 July 2018 By the end of season 1, her oldest daughter, Abigail, has moved out of the house and in with her father, Nathan, and stepmother, Bonnie. Lauren Huff,, "Everything to remember about Big Little Lies before the season 2 premiere," 8 June 2019

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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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