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parent-in-law

[pair-uh nt-in-law, par-] /ˈpɛər ənt ɪnˌlɔ, ˈpær-/
noun, plural parents-in-law.
1.
the father or mother of one's wife or husband.
Origin of parent-in-law
1895-1900
1895-1900
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  • Her parents-in-law were waiting, and she could see how tremendously they were impressed and relieved by her grace.

    We Can't Have Everything Rupert Hughes
  • Hence, more husbands than wives have trials with their parents-in-law.

    The Family and it's Members Anna Garlin Spencer
  • The service of her parents-in-law, however, must remain her first duty during their lifetime.

    Japanese Girls and Women Alice Mabel Bacon
  • It is not until after his parents-in-law are dead that he is entirely master of his own actions.

    The Central Eskimo Franz Boas
  • If a woman be married, it is good that she should treat her parents-in-law with filial piety, and her husband with reverence.

    Tales of Old Japan Algernon Bertram Freeman-Mitford
  • Then he grieved much over the sad fate of his parents-in-law.

    The Fairy Ring Various
  • A tray is brought out, with three wine-cups, which are set before the parents-in-law and the bride.

    Tales of Old Japan Algernon Bertram Freeman-Mitford
  • When these ceremonies have been observed, the bride's ladies conduct her to the apartments of her parents-in-law.

    Tales of Old Japan Algernon Bertram Freeman-Mitford
  • Odd had been paying his respects to his future parents-in-law, and was sitting near Mrs. Archinards sofa.

    The Dull Miss Archinard Anne Douglas Sedgwick
  • The date was fixed and invitations sent to the girl and to the family of her parents-in-law.

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