stepchild

stepchild

[step-chahyld]
noun, plural stepchildren.
1.
a child of one's spouse by a previous marriage.
2.
any person, organization, affiliate, project, etc., that is not properly treated, supported, or appreciated: This agency is the stepchild when appropriations are handed out.

Origin:
before 1000; Middle English; Old English stēopcild. See step-, child

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stepchild (ˈstɛpˌtʃaɪld)
 
n , pl -children
a stepson or stepdaughter

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