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parent-in-law

[pair-uh nt-in-law, par-] /ˈpɛər ənt ɪnˌlɔ, ˈpær-/
noun, plural parents-in-law.
1.
the father or mother of one's wife or husband.
Origin of parent-in-law
1895-1900
First recorded in 1895-1900
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  • Hence, more husbands than wives have trials with their parents-in-law.

    The Family and it's Members Anna Garlin Spencer
  • It is not until after his parents-in-law are dead that he is entirely master of his own actions.

    The Central Eskimo Franz Boas
  • Then he grieved much over the sad fate of his parents-in-law.

    The Fairy Ring Various
  • A child living thus at the house of his parents-in-law is called binawit.

    Ifugao Law R. F. Burton
  • Be a loving daughter to your parents-in-law, a careful mother to our children.

    The Gtakaml rya Sra
  • The parents-in-law and the bride thus have drunk in all nine times.

    Tales of Old Japan

    Algernon Bertram Freeman-Mitford
  • If a woman be married, it is good that she should treat her parents-in-law with filial piety, and her husband with reverence.

    Tales of Old Japan

    Algernon Bertram Freeman-Mitford
  • When these ceremonies have been observed, the bride's ladies conduct her to the apartments of her parents-in-law.

    Tales of Old Japan

    Algernon Bertram Freeman-Mitford
  • A tray is brought out, with three wine-cups, which are set before the parents-in-law and the bride.

    Tales of Old Japan

    Algernon Bertram Freeman-Mitford
  • For this man and woman were Shama Sahai's parents-in-law going home without her, believing that the priest had stolen the girl.

    In Kali's Country

    Emily Churchill Thompson Sheets

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