Definition of step-parent in English:



  • A stepfather or stepmother.

    • ‘Successful families may exhibit common strengths whether they are first-marriage couples, step-parents, or single parents of any racial or income group.’
    • ‘There are special programmes for adolescents, young adults and for single and step-parents, each geared for the different age needs.’
    • ‘In case you do want to know what your parents and step-parents were involved in, click here for a summary.’
    • ‘In some statutes, moreover, a child is not considered eligible to be adopted by anyone except a married step-parent unless all his parents' rights have been ended.’
    • ‘Families with parents, siblings and grandparents in one house are readily accepted, as are those with single parents and families with step-parents and step-siblings.’
    • ‘On domestic adoptions, the figures show that two-thirds of those adopted here are between families - usually a man adopting a single mother's child if they get married or step-parents adopting children.’
    • ‘But where the father moves on and becomes a step-parent he, and his parents, become more engaged with the stepchildren.’
    • ‘Paragraph of the definition then goes on to say that, to avoid doubt, it includes brothers, stepbrothers, stepsisters, step-parents or guardians, grandparents, and so forth.’
    • ‘Those adults may be the child's biological parents, or they may be step-parents, same-sex parents, grandparents, and other near relatives.’
    • ‘Marriage certificates will be changed so that they include the occupations of the bride and groom's mothers, plus details of step-parents if applicable.’
    • ‘Children need to know that it is all right for them to love both parents and to like or love step-parents.’
    • ‘As if it weren't hard enough to step into the shoes of parenting someone else's child, a step-parent has to contend with centuries of negative literary images.’
    • ‘Think of the consequences of divorce and re-marriage, where the new step-parent is now a ‘nurturing’ parent but not a biological parent.’
    • ‘Teenagers rebelling against step-parents and a lack of control over children in broken families could be responsible for the higher levels of smoking, the academics suggest.’
    • ‘Incorporating step-parents into your life is an adjustment.’
    • ‘I lost them being married together, but gained two step-parents, and in the case of Christopher, one who has had a huge effect on my life - a second father.’
    • ‘Some parents saw fairness as children receiving exactly the same quantity of gifts from both their biological and their step-parents.’
    • ‘When I write about my childhood, or being a step-parent, I've found that it kind of connects with people of all ages and cultures.’
    • ‘They can discuss anything from relationships with a new step-parent, divorce, new siblings, trying to manage living in two homes to anxiety and depression.’
    • ‘It is extraordinary to look at the number of step-parents that a child will be able to acquire through this process.’
    mother, father