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From Middle English fader in lawe, fadyr-in-lay, fader yn lawe, equivalent to father +‎ in +‎ law.

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father-in-law (plural fathers-in-law)

  1. One's spouse's father.
  2. (dated) A stepfather.
    • 1839, Charles Dickens, chapter IV, in Nicholas Nickleby, →ISBN, page 41:
      `Yes,` replied Snawley. `The fact is, I am not their father, Mr Squeers. I'm only their father-in-law.`

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