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Longman Dictionary of Contemporary English
▪ Like Bill Simon, Ranieri thought mortgages an ugly stepchild of the bond market.
The Collaborative International Dictionary

Stepchild \Step"child`\, n. [AS. ste['o]pcild.]

  1. A bereaved child; one who has lost father or mother.

  2. A son or daughter of one's wife or husband by a former marriage.

Douglas Harper's Etymology Dictionary

also step-child, Old English steopcild; see step- + child (n.). Old English also had steopbearn. Similar formation in German Stiefkind.


n. 1 A stepson or stepdaughter 2 The family ''role'' (responsibilities and behavioural standards) of a stepchild. 3 (context obsolete English) A bereaved child; one who has lost father or mother.

  1. n. a child of your spouse by a former marriage

  2. [also: stepchildren (pl)]

Stepchild (disambiguation)

A Stepchild is the daughter or son in a stepfamily

Stepchild may also refer to:

  • "Stepchild", a song by Solomon Burke from his 2002 album Don't Give Up on Me
  • "Stepchild", a single by Billie Jo Spears from her 1969 album Miss Sincerity, see Billie Jo Spears discography

Usage examples of "stepchild".

NSA was the unwanted stepchild of powerful spymasters such as Allen Dulles, who refused its director a seat on the Intelligence Advisory Committee.

San Six is rightif the premen really are the mongrel stepchildren of Creation.

Nora lived with the two stepchildren her ex-husband had left behind when he hit the road two years earlier.

Sohegan was bordered on the north and south by the Ondaigas, craggy, undistinguished stepchildren to the more majestic Catskill Mountains to the east.

As they grew, he told them, and his stepchildren too, the story of King Yvorian who dwelled beneath a magic mountain far to the west.

The next step will be to overcome the intelligent races of the galaxy, some of them a by-product of Nature, some bastard stepchildren of an illegitimate union between Man and Nature, for many of them would not have had their annoying drives and ambitions without our guidance and example.

Following this, they would all drive over to the end-of-term concert at Bagley Hall, where Georgie's and Guy's younger daughter, Flora, and Kitty's stepchildren, Wolfie and Natasha, were pupils.

Outside the terminal at Portland International Airport, Jim Ironheart got into a taxi operated by something called the New Rose City Cab Company, which sounded like a corporate stepchild of the long-forgotten hippie era, born in the age of love beads and flower power.

There were other theaters, too, the stepchildren of the glittering palaces around the corner, our modern equivalents of vaudeville and burlesque, revues and skit houses and stand-up comedy stages.

Steeped in the postmodern broth, he's the stepchild of Borges and Beckett as much as Bester and Chandler -- not to mention music videos, the punk ethic, comic books and stand-up comedy, noir film.