step·​sis·​ter | \ˈstep-ˌsi-stər \

Definition of stepsister 

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

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Meanwhile, Esquibel and Tara’s stepsister Michele Doel do grassroots detective work of their own — interviewing people, searching through investigative files and and feeding information to law enforcement. Adam Carlson,, "New Leads in Teen's Cold-Case Disappearance While Biking: Why Answers May Be Hiding in Her Community," 22 June 2018 Trick, a matte black, takes things to a scary-good level with a hint of subtle orange and green sparkle, while Treat, a metallic copper, comes in hot like pumpkin spice’s wicked stepsister. Macaela Mackenzie, Allure, "Sugarpill Is Launching Two Sparkly Lipsticks for Halloween, Called Trick and Treat," 25 Sep. 2018 Ostrem's stepsister, Michelle Willoughby, told The Denver Post that he has been tormented by voices in his head since taking LSD nearly 30 years ago. Fox News, "Judge enters not guilty plea for suspect in Walmart killings," 24 Aug. 2018 Even incidental action, like lifting a selfish stepsister into shoes for the prince’s ball, is pertly, smilingly choreographed by Laura Scozzi. Zachary Woolfe, New York Times, "Review: The Stepchild of Cinderella Operas Finally Makes It to the Met," 13 Apr. 2018 His sister and stepsister, both 19 at the time, suffered serious burns. Peter Hermann, Washington Post, "Fire deaths in D.C. ruled accidental three decades ago reclassified as homicides," 5 Mar. 2018 The youngster also claimed that her father had molested her stepsister, her babysitter and the babysitter's sister. Maura Dolan,, "California Supreme Court clarifies use of testimony by young children," 27 Apr. 2018 Her stepsister Aras, 10, sometimes gets gifts from her father. USA TODAY, "Fatherlessness is harder on Father's Day, but 'father figures,' other role models fill in," 15 June 2018 My stepsister and her mom are upset because their young girls won’t be able to come. Houston Chronicle, "Secret history of molestation makes dad an ongoing threat," 15 June 2018

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First Known Use of stepsister

15th century, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of stepsister was in the 15th century

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English Language Learners Definition of stepsister

: the daughter of your stepmother or stepfather

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