From Middle English stepchild, stepchyld, from Old English stēopċild (“stepchild”), equivalent to step- + child. Compare Dutch stiefkind (“stepchild”), German Stiefkind (“stepchild”), Swedish styvbarn (“stepchild”).
- Hyphenation: step‧child
stepchild (plural stepchildren)
- The child of one's spouse but not one's own.
- (obsolete) A bereaved child; one who has lost father or mother.
- (bereaved child): orphan
the child of one's spouse from his or her previous partner
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