Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. A stepfather or stepmother.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. A stepfather or stepmother

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. Stepfather or stepmother.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. A stepfather or stepmother.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. the spouse of your parent by a subsequent marriage

Etymologies

step- +‎ parent (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • Children of a stepparent from a previous marriage are "les enfants du premier lit" ou "du second lit" depending on the speaker's relation to the said children.

    beau-fils - French Word-A-Day

  • Perhaps the most striking, and potentially disturbing, new research has to do with children in stepparent families.

    Dan Quayle Was Right

  • Some will eventually live in stepparent families, but because stepfamilies are more likely to break up than intact (by which I mean two-biological-parent) families, an increasing number of children will experience family breakup two or even three times during childhood.

    Dan Quayle Was Right

  • According to one survey, nearly half of all children in stepparent families will see their parents divorce again by the time they reach their late teens.

    Dan Quayle Was Right

  • According to McLanahan's research, children in stepparent families report lower educational aspirations on the part of their parents and lower levels of parental involvement with schoolwork.

    Dan Quayle Was Right

  • The financial commitment to a child's education appears weaker in stepparent families, perhaps because the stepparent believes that the responsibility for educating the child rests with the biological parent.

    Dan Quayle Was Right

  • I want to really stress that anytime someone is told to call a stepparent mom or dad, that - we consider that a major no-no.

    NPR Topics: News

  • Children can be reluctant to accept a stepparent; raising kids leaves newlyweds little time to gain intimacy.

    Secrets of a Second Marriage: Beat the 8-Year Itch

  • Moreover, the author argues, family diversity in the form of increasing numbers of single-parent and stepparent families does not strengthen the social fabric but, rather, dramatically weakens and undermines society

    Let’s Call the Whole Thing Off

  • Whether you're a parent, stepparent, aunt, uncle, friend, or neighbor, make it known that you'll answer questions frankly and even help teens get birth control and not just so they can make condom water bombs.

    Lisa Hymas: 8 Things You Can Do About Population

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