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 (stĕp′făm′ə-lē, -făm′lē)
n. pl. step·fam·i·lies
A family with one or more stepchildren.


(ˈstɛpˌfæmɪlɪ; ˈstɛpˌfæmlɪ)
n, pl -lies
a family created by a second union in which there are stepchildren or step-parents


(ˈstɛpˌfæm ə li, -ˌfæm li)

n., pl. -lies.
a family composed of a parent, a stepparent, and a child or children by a previous marriage.
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The celebrity couple have been married for almost two years, with Fox being a step mom to Green's nine-year-old son Kassius.
"It's a lot of work," she said of balancing WCLOC with a job and being married and a step mom. "But it's a lot of fun."
How well an actor adapts to the character and how well he performs is what the audience really wants to see." About his future roles, he says, " My forthcoming film Step Mom will see me doing a positive character." Well, now that's what you call a positive development.
"As a wife, step mom, mother-in-law and new grandmother," says Carole Leigh Hutton, Detroit Free Press executive editor, "I'm clear that nothing is more important to me than my family, not even the career I love."
She decided to tell her father, but he couldn't believe it and said she was just missing her mother and didn't like her step mom.