Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • noun The father of one's spouse.
  • noun Archaic A stepfather.

from The Century Dictionary.

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

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

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

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • noun One's spouse's father.
  • noun dated A stepfather.

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

  • noun 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.

    Analytical Studies

  • 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

  • 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, Complete

  • 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

  • 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

  • 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

  • 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

  • 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.

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