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noun Archaic.
  1. a stepmother.
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Origin of stepdame

Middle English word dating back to 1350–1400; see origin at step-, dame
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Examples from the Web for stepdame

Historical Examples

  • The young brood (twelve in number) came into the world at the usual period, but one only continued with her stepdame.

    The Book of Curiosities

    I. Platts

  • I haue a stepdame I warrant you, and myne husbandes mother euen such another.

British Dictionary definitions for stepdame


  1. an archaic word for stepmother
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Word Origin

C14: from step- + dame (in the archaic sense: mother; see dam ²)
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