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

Definition of stepsister

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

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Recent Examples on the Web Most of the girls Beth cheers with are terrified of her, including her younger stepsister, Tacy (Alison Thornton), and best friend, Addy (Herizen Guardiola). Christopher Rosa, Glamour, "USA's New TV Show Dare Me Is Bring It On Meets Spring Breakers—and So Addicting," 27 Dec. 2019 At that, my cousin and stepsister burst into laughter. Deena Elgenaidi, Longreads, "Infatuation," 7 Jan. 2020 While some celebrities, including her stepsister, Kendall Jenner, and Lala Anthony, complimented Kardashian West on the photos, many others on social media found the images less than dreamy. Janelle Griffith, NBC News, "Kim Kardashian West slammed for appearing darker on magazine cover," 19 Dec. 2019 In addition to his wife, survivors include three sons, George Carpenter, Taylor Carpenter and Timi Carpenter; his stepmother, Margaret Owen Carpenter; two sisters; two stepbrothers; and two stepsisters. Washington Post, "Jake Burton Carpenter, who outfitted snowboarders and championed their sport, dies at 65," 22 Nov. 2019 The writers also avoided the usual malevolent female characters, like menacing matriarchs and tormenting stepsisters. New York Times, "Jennifer Lee, Queen of the ‘Frozen’ Franchise," 7 Nov. 2019 The prosecution alleges the girl was singled out for abuse and treated differently than her older stepsisters. Garrett Andrews | The Bulletin, oregonlive, "Defendant in Oregon starvation murder trial blames wife, says he should have saved Maliyha, 5," 12 Oct. 2019 Somewhere along the lines, sweet potatoes became the darlings of the health food world while all other potatoes sank to ugly stepsister status. Good Housekeeping, "Are Potatoes Healthy? The Nutrition Facts of Everyone's Favorite Starchy Vegetable," 4 Oct. 2019 The actress’ sultry stares can single-handedly raise the temperature of a scene; her cool gaze, cast over a debauched night with stepsister Amma (Eliza Scanlen), can feel like a refreshing mist. Matthew Eng, Los Angeles Times, "Commentary: Why the Emmys shouldn’t overlook ‘Sharp Objects’ ’ Amy Adams," 18 Sep. 2019

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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 18 Feb. 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of stepsister

: the daughter of your stepmother or stepfather

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