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stepdame

[ step-deym ]
/ ˈstɛpˌdeɪm /
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noun Archaic.

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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stepdame
/ (ˈstɛpˌdeɪm) /

noun

an archaic word for stepmother

Word Origin for stepdame

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