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stepparent

[step-pair-uh nt, -par-] /ˈstɛpˌpɛər ənt, -ˌpær-/
noun
1.
a stepfather or stepmother.
Origin of stepparent
1885-1890
1885-90; step- + parent
Related forms
stepparenting, noun
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  • The latter is usually preferred, as a matter of consideration toward the step-parent.

    Book of Etiquette Lillian Eichler
  • Much has been written regarding the supposed unhappiness of Ramsay's boyhood in the household of his step-parent.

    Allan Ramsay William Henry Oliphant Smeaton
British Dictionary definitions for step-parent

step-parent

/ˈstɛpˌpɛərənt/
noun
1.
a stepfather or stepmother
Derived Forms
step-parenting, noun
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