blended family

(noun) A family consisting of two or more adult partners and their children and their children from previous relationships either living with them or nearby.

Example: Two divorced people with children marry each other or the Brady Bunch.

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Usage Notes:

  • Plural: blended families
  • A blended family can result from the combination of two or more divorced families or single-parent families.
  • Also called:
    • compound family
    • melded family
    • reconstituted family
    • stepfamily (step-family)
  • Blended family used in a sentence: Max and Jacky both have children from previous relationship but created a blended family when they married each other.

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