step·sis·ter | \ˈstep-ˌsi-stər \

Definition of stepsister 

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

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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 The Holy Family stands watch over him, his stepmother, and his stepsister from a carving on the wall., "Aftermath: 'You're going back to East Oakland'," 4 June 2018 Before long Percy Shelley had persuaded Mary to run away from home, and had taken her stepsister Claire Clairmont (Godwin had remarried) with them. Josephine Livingstone, The New Republic, "Poor Mary Shelley!," 23 May 2018 Laurent Naouri was gravelly but properly pathetic as Cendrillon’s henpecked father; Ying Fang and Maya Lahyani carried off the goofy stepsisters with aplomb. Heidi Waleson, WSJ, "French Opera Takes Over New York," 23 Apr. 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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