wid·ow·er | \ˈwi-də-wər \

Definition of widower 

: a man who has lost his spouse or partner by death and usually has not remarried

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Barbara’s widower, whose own health has been in decline, remains America’s longest-living president, having surpassed Gerald Ford, who died at 93 years and 165 days, last November. Rachel Siegel, Washington Post, "‘You were the reason:’ Barbara and George Bush’s epic love story hailed at her funeral," 22 Apr. 2018 Hearts stars character actor Nick Offerman as Frank, widower and owner of a Red Hook record store who’s about to lose only child Samantha (Dope’s Kiersey Clemons), to UCLA and a premed program. Gary Thompson, Philly.com, "'Hearts Beat Loud': Could Nick Offerman's dad-daughter charmer be the perfect Father's Day movie?," 14 June 2018 Will is a war veteran and widower with post-traumatic stress disorder who has been living undercover with Tom in a large public nature preserve in Portland, Ore. Peter Rainer, The Christian Science Monitor, "'Leave No Trace' shows empathy for those on the fringes of society," 29 June 2018 The tragic events raised Thorpe's public profile enormously; the widower with a young son earned broad public sympathy. Elizabeth Angell, Town & Country, "A Very English Scandal," 29 June 2018 In 1926, Curran married Henry Rogers, the widower of her late music teacher. Joy Lanzendorfer, Longreads, "Ghost Writer: The Story of Patience Worth, the Posthumous Author," 14 June 2018 NORTH COUNTY Widows/widowers club hosts activities The North County Widow and Widowers club hosts these events in June. Laura Groch, sandiegouniontribune.com, "North County Community News, June 14," 14 June 2018 The parents and widower of a South Carolina newlywed who died during an American Airlines flight are suing the carrier, alleging wrongful death. Bart Jansen, USA TODAY, "'She stepped into her coffin': Relatives of passenger who died on flight sue American Airlines," 27 Apr. 2018 Crumbs from the Table of Joy A widower and his two daughters relocate from Florida to Brooklyn in the 1950s in Lynn Nottage's coming-of-age drama. Matt Cooper, latimes.com, "The week ahead in L.A. theater, April 22-29: 'Dirty Blonde,' 'Belleville' and more," 22 Apr. 2018

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First Known Use of widower

14th century, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for widower

Middle English widewer, alteration of wedow widow, widower, from Old English wuduwa widower; akin to Old English wuduwe widow

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English Language Learners Definition of widower

: a man whose wife has died


wid·ow·er | \ˈwi-də-wər \

Kids Definition of widower

: a man whose wife is dead

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