step·​son ˈstep-ˌsən How to pronounce stepson (audio)
: a son of one's husband or wife by a former partner

Examples of stepson in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The president and first lady Jill Biden spoke before the film screening at a Naval facility in Norfolk, with Jill Biden thanking the families and mentioning her late stepson Beau Biden's own service in the National Guard, according to reporters traveling with the Bidens. Adam Carlson, ABC News, 19 Nov. 2023 Williams told police that his stepson, a young man named Patrick Wilson, had come over to his house and told him a story involving his friend Shawn Connelly. Emma Steele, CBS News, 24 Nov. 2023 Two suspects arrested in Fort Washington killing Kenneth Elwood Smith, 54, is charged with second-degree murder and related counts, and his stepson Lamont Scott, 18, both of Fort Washington, is charged with first-degree murder and related counts, according to online court records. Jasmine Hilton, Washington Post, 1 Nov. 2023 In his first public appearance, Fisher, who used to coach the New York Knicks and L.A. Sparks, admitted that one of his new experiences as a high school coach was cleaning the practice jerseys. Fisher will get to work with his son, Drew, and his stepsons, freshmen Isaiah and Carter Barnes. Eric Sondheimer, Los Angeles Times, 30 Oct. 2023 His children, including his stepson Jed, 52, son Max, 40, and daughter Zoe, 43, were also eventually diagnosed with dyslexia. Andrea Mandell, Peoplemag, 7 Nov. 2023 Catherine Dunn was still waiting for official word on what happened to her stepson, Bryan McFarlane, 41, who is deaf. Daniella Silva, NBC News, 27 Oct. 2023 He is survived by a stepson, John Uribe, and two step-grandchildren. Alex Traub, New York Times, 20 Oct. 2023 The cause was pancreatic cancer, said her stepson, Kory Grossman. Emily Langer, Washington Post, 7 Sep. 2023 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

before the 12th century, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of stepson was before the 12th century

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“Stepson.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 11 Dec. 2023.

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step·​son -ˌsən How to pronounce stepson (audio)
: a son of one's husband or wife by a former partner

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