stepparent

[ step-pair-uh nt, -par- ]
/ ˈstɛpˌpɛər ənt, -ˌpær- /
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noun

a stepfather or stepmother.

Nearby words

  1. stepladder,
  2. stepmother,
  3. stepney,
  4. stepover,
  5. steppage,
  6. steppe,
  7. stepped-up,
  8. steppenwolf,
  9. stepper,
  10. steppes

Origin of stepparent

First recorded in 1885–90; step- + parent

Related formsstep·par·ent·ing, noun

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Examples from the Web for step-parent

  • The latter is usually preferred, as a matter of consideration toward the step-parent.

    Book of Etiquette|Lillian Eichler
  • Much has been written regarding the supposed unhappiness of Ramsay's boyhood in the household of his step-parent.

    Allan Ramsay|William Henry Oliphant Smeaton


British Dictionary definitions for step-parent

step-parent

/ (ˈstɛpˌpɛərənt) /

noun

a stepfather or stepmother
Derived Formsstep-parenting, noun

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