Definitions

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

  • noun A family with one or more stepchildren.

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  • noun Any family having one or more stepchildren or stepparents.
  • noun The family of one's stepfather or stepmother; those immediate family members not related by blood.

Etymologies

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step- +‎ family

Examples

  • Whether you use the term stepfamily, blended family, bonus children, whatever you're calling yourselves is really secondary to the way that you think of the relationships with the people that you're involved with.

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  • And it sounds like Jim and his wife, by not using the term stepfamily, that can be a very beneficial thing because they weren't putting labels on individuals, and therefore, they were removing the expectation that naturally comes with those labels.

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  • A stepfamily is a married-couple family household with at least one child under age 18 years who is a stepchild i.e., a son or daughter through marriage but not by birth of the householder.

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  • Of course, back in the 1970's, when the stepfamily was a relatively new phenomenon, that was the only blended family model she knew, and faced with the dearth of information available at the time, Susan became increasingly frustrated.

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  • Mr. CHERLIN: One of the lessons I've learned from my stepfamily is a good stepfamily accepts the fact that there will always be some differences between your biological relatives and your step-relatives, and that's okay.

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  • The stepfamily is a new entity, which must incorporate the memories and experiences of the prior family constellations.

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  • Martin calls the stepfamily a "tinderbox of sorts," when you consider the combination of the stepmother's relational tendencies with that of her often less emotional or relational husband and a bunch of resentful stepkids.

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  • Nick was the tallest one in the stepfamily, and he considered his height a certification in forming good opinions.

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  • Millicent Rogers, my latest subject, was not a stepmother, but as I was reporting her biography and interviewing the families that descended from her three sons by her two husbands, I realized that a stepfamily dynamic was at work.

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  • Millicent Rogers, my latest subject, was not a stepmother, but as I was reporting her biography and interviewing the families that descended from her three sons by her two husbands, I realized that a stepfamily dynamic was at work.

    Cherie Burns: Stepmotherhood Never Ends

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