[step-pair-uh nt, -par-]


a stepfather or stepmother.

Origin of stepparent

First recorded in 1885–90; step- + parent
Related formsstep·par·ent·ing, noun Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for step-parent

Historical Examples of step-parent

  • 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

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

    Book of Etiquette

    Lillian Eichler

British Dictionary definitions for step-parent



a stepfather or stepmother
Derived Formsstep-parenting, noun
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