Definitions

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

  • n. The father of one's husband or wife.
  • n. Archaic A stepfather.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. One's spouse's father.
  • n. A stepfather.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. The father of one's husband or wife; -- correlative to son-in-law and daughter-in-law.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. The father of a husband or wife, considered in his relationship to the other spouse.
  • n. A stepfather.

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

  • n. the father of your spouse

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Examples

  • V. -- Your own fortune, father-in-law (in certain kinds of society they say _papa father-in-law_) yielding an income of twenty thousand, and which will soon be increased by an inheritance.

    Petty Troubles of Married Life

  • Bethenny calls her father-in-law an idiot on Thanksgiving because she didn't notice the turkey wasn't cooking then she goes to therapy and blames the tantrum on her childhood, I point out.

    Vanessa Carmichael: Reality Women

  • But out of the flood of unfamiliar language swirling around her, her ears picked up two familiar words: the phrase her father-in-law had taught her, meaning “wife of Chavez.”

    Project Everlasting

  • She then quickly called her father-in-law in Swansea and belatedly passed on news which had already been around the world.

    WalesOnline - Home

  • Bethenny calls her father-in-law an idiot on Thanksgiving because she didn't notice the turkey wasn't cooking then she goes to therapy and blames the tantrum on her childhood

    The Full Feed from HuffingtonPost.com

  • Two sources, a classmate of Uday's and one of his bodyguards, said Saddam used words to the effect of, "Don't be like your grandfather, with no morals or principles," referring to his father-in-law, a gout-stricken former politician known as the Thief of Baghdad for confiscating private property for himself.

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  • I shall ask my father-in-law for one like that in my office.

    How to Woo a Reluctant Lady

  • My late father-in-law, on the surface a paragon of blustery masculinity, introduced me to Alexander McCall Smith's Ladies' No. 1 Detective Agency series.

    Dear Book Lover: Books for Father's Day

  • Dad says luckily he and my father-in-law have legal training.

    Olivia

  • My father-in-law, who is seated beside me, looks at his plate, looks at me, and spoons up, well, sweet potato soup with a forlorn miniature mushroom floating on top.

    Theresa Bruno: Of Sweet Italians And Sweet Potatoes

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