[ faw-ster, fos-ter ]
/ ˈfɔ stər, ˈfɒs tər /


Stephen (Collins),1826–64, U.S. songwriter.
William Z(eb·u·lon) [zeb-yuh-luh n] /ˈzɛb yə lən/, 1881–1961, U.S. labor organizer: leader in the Communist Party.
a male given name. Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

British Dictionary definitions for stephen foster (1 of 2)


/ (ˈfɒstə) /

verb (tr)

to promote the growth or development of
to bring up (a child, etc); rear
to cherish (a plan, hope, etc) in one's mind
mainly British
  1. to place (a child) in the care of foster parents
  2. to bring up under fosterage


(in combination) indicating relationship through fostering and not through birthfoster mother; foster child
(in combination) of or involved in the rearing of a child by persons other than his natural or adopted parentsfoster home

Derived Forms

fosterer, nounfostering, noun

Word Origin for foster

Old English fōstrian to feed, from fōstor food

British Dictionary definitions for stephen foster (2 of 2)


/ (ˈfɒstə) /


Jodie . born 1962, US film actress and director: her films include Taxi Driver (1976), The Accused (1988), The Silence of the Lambs (1990), Little Man Tate (1991; also directed), Nell (1995), and Panic Room (2002)
Norman, Baron. born 1935, British architect. His works include the Willis Faber building (1978) in Ipswich, Stansted Airport, Essex (1991), Chek Lap Kok Airport, Hong Kong (1998), the renovation of the Reichstag, Berlin (1999), and City Hall, London (2002)
Stephen Collins . 1826–64, US composer of songs such as The Old Folks at Home and Oh Susanna
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