American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- n. A relative by marriage.
- n. A relative by marriage (or through affinity). Affinal relative; affine.
- n. Sometimes specifically a parent-in-law of one's child, for which the dedicated terms co-mother-in-law, co-father-in-law are rare
GNU Webster's 1913
- n. A person who is related by marriage, as distinguished from a
blood relative; esp. mother- in-law(the mother of one's spouse), father- in-law(the father of one's spouse), brother- in-law(the brother of one's spouse, or husband of one's spouse's sister), sister- in-law(the sister of one's spouse, or wife of one's spouse's brother).
- n. a relative by marriage
- Back-formation from such compounds as mother-in-law. (American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
“These reigns marked the beginning of in-law government, a period in which control over the throne passed between certain in-law factions.”
“I wouldn't hesitate to use them in speaking to my maiden aunt (- in-law).”
“They both inspired me to try to be the best in-law I can be, in their honor.”
“He was kind enough (while still living Lakeside) to help us with how to deal with the VA on behalf of an in-law who had cancer and was having VA administrative problems.”
“Still, to cart a case of boxed milk or a 100lb bag of hog feed is a bit much to ask of an 80 something year old in-law though that is EXACTLY what my father-in-law does if we aren't there to help.”
“A distant in-law of Chris and Kathleen Matthews has been charged in connection with a major marijuana bust off the coast of Mississippi.”
“Chris Matthews in-law has been arrested in connection with an $8.1 million pot bust, the Cape Cod Times reports.”
“Chris Matthews' in-law has been arrested in connection with an $8.1 million pot bust, the Cape Cod Times reports.”
“It'll be something totally ridiculous and abstract -- the third cousin of a former in-law who allegedly makes his living in waste management, a real three-cushion shot -- but it'll be enough for the TV crews to swarm Christie's house.”
“The 16.2-acre property has an 8,900-square-foot home with six bedrooms, an in-law suite with a separate kitchen, a wine cellar with a dining room and a movie theater with a lobby concession stand.”
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