step·​par·​ent | \ˈstep-ˌper-ənt \

Definition of stepparent 

: a person who is a stepmother or stepfather

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These are words that might resonate with any well-meaning stepparent, words that point to the sometimes fraught complexity of belonging to a family that isn't so much blended as composed, assorted, irregular. Rebecca Mead, Town & Country, "More to Love," 13 Jan. 2014 For an involved stepparent, this is where the rubber truly meets the road. Amy Dickinson,, "Parents disagree about daughter’s speeding offense," 15 May 2018 For an assertive, proactive person like you, being a stepparent — who should really function as the backup parent to the two primary parents — would be extremely challenging. Relinquishing any control would be a tall order. Amy Dickinson,, "Pot meets kettle when two women tussle for control," 20 May 2018 In this play, which is set in Chicago, those children, played by Matt Farabee and Krystal Ortiz, are being brought up by Christian stepparents, played by Kirsten Fitzgerald and Ryan Kitley without resorting to easy stereotype. Chris Jones,, "'Lettie' at Victory Gardens: A mother's years lost to prison are years she can't get back," 17 Apr. 2018 Resentful Brady Mom Dear Resentful: Being a stepparent is a generally thankless job. Amy Dickinson,, "Kids in 'Brady Bunch' family retreat to their corners," 23 Mar. 2018 Spouses, children, parents, stepparents, siblings, stepsiblings, grandchildren and grandparent would all be considered immediate family under SB49. Marie Simoneaux,, "Should families have the right to visit inmates suffering from serious injuries?," 26 Oct. 2017 The children fought among themselves and eyed their new stepparents with various degrees of antagonism or, worse, indifference. Vogue, "How One Writer Wrestled With Her Role as a First—and Second—Wife," 15 Mar. 2018 Last year, our son and his wife raced to five (yes, five) Christmas celebrations, trying to please every parent, stepparent and grandparent. Amy Dickinson, Detroit Free Press, "Man fathered a child; now dreads the DNA knock on the door," 2 Jan. 2018

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1840, in the meaning defined above

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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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