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stepfather

[step-fah-th er]
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noun
  1. the husband of one's mother by a later marriage.

Origin of stepfather

before 900; Middle English stepfader, Old English stēopfæder. See step-, father
Related formsstep·fa·ther·ly, adverb
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Examples from the Web for stepfather

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  • His stepfather had sent him at Easter to a good preparatory school.

    The Coryston Family

    Mrs. Humphry Ward

  • My stepfather urged me to regard the affair as a strict secret.

    The Doctor of Pimlico

    William Le Queux

  • I shall not if by replying I can assist my stepfather to escape from that man's thraldom.

    The Doctor of Pimlico

    William Le Queux

  • Have you any idea why your stepfather sent him up to London?

    The Doctor of Pimlico

    William Le Queux

  • Captain Bellairs had been with us, as usual, but had been sent up to London by my stepfather.

    The Doctor of Pimlico

    William Le Queux


British Dictionary definitions for stepfather

stepfather

noun
  1. a man who has married one's mother after the death or divorce of one's father
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Word Origin and History for stepfather

n.

Old English steopfæder; see step- + father.

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