stepmother

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Etymology[edit]

Old English steopmōdor, corresponding to step- +‎ mother.

Pronunciation[edit]

  • (UK) IPA(key): /ˈstɛpmʌðə/
  • Hyphenation: step‧moth‧er

Noun[edit]

stepmother (plural stepmothers)

  1. The wife of one's biological father, other than one's biological mother.
  2. (rare) A viola, especially Viola tricolor, heartsease.
    • 1974, Thomas Teal, translating Tove Jansson, The Summer Book, Sort Of Books 2003, p. 115:
      The second came up about ten days later in the lee of the channel marker, and it was called stepmother, or love-in-idelness.

Usage notes[edit]

In Western heterosexual couples, this is typically after after the divorce or death of the birth mother; in polygamous marriages and lesbian couples, the term may be used for co-mother or nonbirth mother

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