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[step-muhth-er] /ˈstɛpˌmʌð ər/
the wife of one's father by a later marriage.
Origin of stepmother
before 900; Middle English stepmoder, Old English stēopmōdor. See step-, mother1
Related forms
stepmotherly, adverb
stepmotherliness, noun Unabridged
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  • Miriam would not encourage these reminiscences, so belated on the part of her stepmother.

    Moor Fires E. H. (Emily Hilda) Young
  • The prince gave her his stepmother's message and the second largest ring.

  • My cousin Paul and my stepmother were standing in the little hall at the foot of the stairs.

  • Sigurd then gave her his stepmother's message and the last and largest ring.

  • If there were such a thing as justice the sea ought to swallow the haughty island, the stepmother of Iviza.

    The Dead Command Vicente Blasco Ibez
British Dictionary definitions for stepmother


a woman who has married one's father after the death or divorce of one's mother
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for stepmother

Old English steopmodor; see step- + mother (n.1).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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