One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
A child of one's husband or wife by a previous marriage.
- ‘In the first novel Carmen must discover where her place is in her father's home which now includes a new wife and stepchildren.’
- ‘As she enters her 40s with a new husband and two stepchildren, she isn't longing for the days of her youth and hopes other women aren't either.’
- ‘Our two children would play with Paul and Sharon's children and stepchildren.’
- ‘We see them interacting with their children, stepchildren, husbands, siblings and patrons, and we are frequently able to hear them tell their own stories about love and friendship, enmity and revenge, ambition and success.’
- ‘If the whole family cannot return with him to Pakistan, there is nothing preventing the respondent from returning to Pakistan and making an entry application to join his wife and stepchildren in the United Kingdom.’
- ‘She becomes the ‘perfect wife’: plain, reserved, devoted to her stepchildren, revering of her husband.’
- ‘She might be a mature actress now with a husband and two stepchildren, but she's still stunningly beautiful.’
- ‘He is survived by his second wife, his son, daughter and three stepchildren.’
- ‘The typical household unit is the nuclear family, consisting of husband, wife, and children or stepchildren.’
- ‘When women's voices began to be heard, for example in the Gothic novel, it's no surprise that stories abounded of ghost children, stepchildren and lost babies.’
- ‘He really wanted to get his daughter and stepchildren to a safe place.’
- ‘He is survived by his wife, children and stepchildren.’
- ‘But even when the researchers adjusted the figures to take account of the the fact that stepchildren were more likely to have a parent who smoked, they found that the experience of being in a stepfamily in itself put them at risk of smoking.’
- ‘I have two stepchildren and a son from that family and that time.’
- ‘Now, she lives there with her son, husband, three stepchildren and 18-month-old daughter.’
- ‘One of my siblings is married to a Mexican-American; another has two stepchildren whose father was an illegal alien from Mexico; I have a prospective son-in-law whose parents crossed the border.’
- ‘Beautifully illustrated, I have been trying to acquire as many of the original books as possible, even before I knew I'd have stepchildren to read them to, just because they're such wonderful books.’
- ‘His wife, two of his children and his stepchild are all American-born.’
- ‘With little money in the bank and six other children and stepchildren to worry about, Lewis prepared herself for the worst, resigned to the brutal reality that the operation was beyond her means.’
- ‘She had been unable to decide which of her two children and three stepchildren she should pass the medal on to and instead decided it would be better to sell it and use the cash to help do up the family home.’
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