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 All Day The parents and stepparent of our 11-year-old son have a disagreement. Philip Galanes, New York Times, "What Comes After a 2-Month Quarantine Date?," 21 May 2020 The stepparent adoption process is the most common route to do so for married couples. David Dodge, New York Times, "Consult an L.G.B.T.Q. family lawyer:," 17 Apr. 2020 The notion that a stepparent can’t love a child like a biological parent is lazy and dead-end thinking. Chloe Caldwell, New York Times, "I Always Wanted to Be a Stepmom," 16 Apr. 2020 Blanchard’s parents and stepparents have spoken in support of the legislation. Mike Cason |, al, "Aniah’s Law on Alabama bail reform moves step closer to passing," 11 Mar. 2020 Employees can take the leave in chunks that are at minimum two weeks to care for an ill spouse, domestic partner, parent or stepparent, or 18-and-under child or stepchild. Fortune, "Exclusive: Levi’s introduces paid family leave for workers," 27 Feb. 2020 Both parents and stepparents were addicted to drugs. Jeff Seidel, Detroit Free Press, "MSU player's dad lived secret life as drug dealer. Now he cheers for son from prison," 29 Aug. 2019 Her parents, stepparents, grandparents and siblings have been by her side through the whole ordeal. Kristen Jordan Shamus, Detroit Free Press, "A tiny mosquito bite took away Michigan teen Savanah DeHart's ability to talk, walk," 29 Jan. 2020 What if three sets of grandparents (parents and stepparents of his parents) do the same? Liz Weston, oregonlive, "Liz Weston: Closing several cards at once can damage credit scores," 14 Dec. 2019

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First Known Use of stepparent

1840, in the meaning defined above

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“Stepparent.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 21 Oct. 2020.

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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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