from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. The mother of one's wife or husband.
  • n. Archaic A stepmother.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. One’s spouse’s mother.
  • n. A mother-in-law apartment.
  • n. A stepmother.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. The mother of one's husband or wife.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. The mother of one's husband or wife.
  • n. A stepmother.
  • n. An English drink composed of equal proportions of old strong ale and bitter ale: so called in jocose allusion to the qualifications ‘old’ and ‘bitter.’

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. the mother of your spouse


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  • Home builders across the country say they are getting an increasing number of requests for such additions, known as mother-in-law suites, granny flats or accessory dwellings.

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  • Lucrezia often referred to her mother-in-law as Saint Contessina as a result.

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  • Because of the time difference their celebrations would already be under way, so after calling her mother at her retirement community in Erie, Bonnie planned to call her mother-in-law in Scranton, where her children and grandchildren were attending the traditional family gathering.

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  • But Salahi said he was suspicious and called his mother-in-law, who told him she hadn't spoken with Michaele and was unaware of her plans.

  • It was Mother’s Day 1999 and I had to call my mother-in-law back home in Louisville, Kentucky and tell her that her oldest son had just died.

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  • Aurora bit her lip then and called her mother-in-law, who immediately freaked out when she heard her son hadn’t come home.


  • Now quite concerned, her husband called his mother-in-law and described Jill’s behavior.

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  • And having spread to dance halls and nightclubs and hotel cocktail lounges across much of the world, toward the end of the twentieth century, some genres of jazz had become synonymous with progress or revolution, and others with hanging out on the back porch, or brunching on eggs Benedict with a visiting mother-in-law.

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  • They also had words for some who enjoyed family status by marriage, such as the “mother-in-law,” who continues to this day to play a starring role in the Indo-European-speaking family.

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  • As for the first, it's been ten years and I'm still waiting for my mother-in-law to realize that I don't drink tea.

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