Definitions

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  • n. The daughter of one's stepbrother or stepsister
  • n. The stepdaughter of one's sibling

Etymologies

step- +‎ niece (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • I believe my stepniece is a student there, but I can't reach anyone for news and I don't want to call her mother for fear of unnecessarily upsetting or worrying her.

    Archive 2007-04-15

  • Through Augusta I have got acquainted with Lottie Gardner, a kind of stepniece to the doctor, and excessively aristocratic.

    Bad Hugh

  • Francis Beaufort was a weird type who married his own stepniece.

    American Connections

  • My stepniece wasn't in either building at Virginia Tech when the shootings took place, although she was in class elsewhere on campus.

    Archive 2007-04-15

  • My thoughts are with the families and friends of the victims, and I will continue to try to learn about the status of my stepniece.

    Archive 2007-04-15

  • UPDATE 4:21 pm 4/17/07: My stepniece is okay and safe.

    Archive 2007-04-15

  • Yet Yossarian had no hesitation in calling now about the ridiculous possibility of inducing the new President to pretend to take seriously an invitation from Christopher Maxon to the wedding of a stepniece or something at the Port Authority Bus Terminal.

    Closing Time

  • In both cases the guilty were so far able to banish "all trivial fond records" as to dispose of kindred who might have been dear to them: Mrs Holroyd of husband and son, with lodger's daughter as makeweight; the Liverpool pair of nephew, husband, stepdaughter (or son, brother-in-law, and stepniece, according to how you look at it), with again the unfortunate daughter of a lodger thrown in.

    She Stands Accused

  • Lilly, even though Willie's stepniece, Georgia, came to help out once a week, and evenings the little house could seem very still and untenanted.

    Star-Dust

  • He also had a need to forestall any scandal, since his 23-year-old stepniece had been found the year before shot in the chest with his pistol, prompting talk of incest and murder; the investigation ruled her death a suicide.

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