step·​par·​ent | \ ˈstep-ˌper-ənt How to pronounce stepparent (audio) \

Definition of stepparent

: a person who is a stepmother or stepfather

Examples of stepparent in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Your position as a stepparent is both an asset and an impediment. Amy Dickinson, oregonlive, 30 Aug. 2021 Your position as a stepparent is both an asset and an impediment. Amy Dickinson, Detroit Free Press, 30 Aug. 2021 Children under the age of 12 and unvaccinated dependent children will be allowed to enter the country with a fully vaccinated parent, stepparent, tutor or guardian who is eligible to enter Canada. Bailey Schulz, USA TODAY, 8 Aug. 2021 But my shining moment as a stepparent was this spring, on the soccer field. Washington Post, 15 July 2021 Announcing the collaboration on social media, the reality star and entrepreneur said the Games are close to her heart, as her former stepparent Caitlyn Jenner was a gold medal-winning decathlete. CNN, 28 June 2021 One of the best ways a stepparent can handle this scenario is to give the child room and opportunity to get to know you at their own pace. Ginger Gentile, Forbes, 21 Apr. 2021 Immediate family members include a spouse or a partner of at least one year, a dependent child or grandchild, a parent or stepparent, or a guardian for a minor. Washington Post, 25 Feb. 2021 All Day The parents and stepparent of our 11-year-old son have a disagreement. Philip Galanes, New York Times, 21 May 2020

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First Known Use of stepparent

1840, in the meaning defined above

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“Stepparent.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 24 Oct. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of stepparent

: someone that your mother or father marries after the marriage to or relationship with your other parent has ended

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