step·​sis·​ter | \ ˈstep-ˌsi-stər How to pronounce stepsister (audio) \

Definition of stepsister

: a daughter of one's stepparent by a former partner

Examples of stepsister in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Dawn is survived by her stepsister, Weslee Wells, Boll said. Time, "'Bon Voyage, Mary Ann.' Remembering Dawn Wells, the Gilligan's Island Star Who Died of COVID-19 Complications," 31 Dec. 2020 Wells, who played Mary Ann Summers on the 1960s hit show, died at a hospital in Los Angeles on Wednesday and is survived by her stepsister Weslee Wells. Spencer Neale, Washington Examiner, "Gilligan's Island actress Dawn Wells dead at 82 from COVID-19 complications," 30 Dec. 2020 Palm Beach County has been the stepsister waiting its turn. From Usa Today Network And Wire Reports, USA TODAY, "Robotic pets, Washington Monument, senators vaccinated: News from around our 50 states," 22 Dec. 2020 In addition to her mother, daughter and fiancé, Ms. Williams-Parker is survived by her stepfather, Ron Bagwell; a brother, Bill Williams; a stepbrother, Christopher Bagwell; and a stepsister, Natalie Swiger. Steven Kurutz, New York Times, "Jeannette Williams-Parker, Nurse in a Virus Hot Spot, Dies at 48," 26 Oct. 2020 He is accused with his stepsister, Ruth, of plotting with Matthew Lindquist to stage a robbery of Lindquist’s parents' home in Griswold on Dec. 19, 2017. Edmund H. Mahony,, "Accused killer loses an argument that the coronavirus court shutdown is trampling speedy trial rights, but raises questions about how quickly the state judiciary can resume critical operations," 23 Sep. 2020 In early August, Quinten Ramsey and his stepsister, Ali Barnett, anxiously awaited the Oregon School Activities Association’s decision on the upcoming 2020-21 sports seasons. Logan Brandon | News-register Sports Editor, oregonlive, "Yamhill County family moves to Idaho for fall sports," 4 Sep. 2020 Also at the funeral were Jessi's stepsister, Jacque, and stepbrother, Jeff. CBS News, "Survivor continues to heal 30 years after her family's prom night murder," 15 Aug. 2020 Manshaus was also found guilty of killing his 17-year-old stepsister, Johanne Zhangjia Ihle-Hansen, who was adopted from China. Zachary Halaschak, Washington Examiner, "Man who attacked Norwegian mosque gets maximum penalty of 21-year prison sentence," 11 June 2020

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First Known Use of stepsister

15th century, in the meaning defined above

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“Stepsister.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 26 Feb. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of stepsister

: the daughter of your stepmother or stepfather

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