wid·​ow·​er | \ ˈwi-də-wər How to pronounce widower (audio) \

Definition of widower

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

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Soon, however, the quiet (and, yes, blond) Gabo, a soulful, discreetly gay-identifying widower with a sweet young daughter, falls for the more untethered, apparently bisexual Juan, who, suffice to say, likes to keep his options open. Gary Goldstein, Los Angeles Times, "Review: Stars of Argentine gay romance ‘The Blonde One’ will put you under their spell," 4 Sep. 2019 Latasha Wisniewski, 38, used the false promise of romance to gain the trust of Charles Bauer, an 89-year-old Korean War veteran and widower, then looted much of his life’s savings in a matter of months, prosecutors said. Cory Shaffer, cleveland.com, "Strongsville woman found guilty of looting ailing Korean War vet’s bank account through phony marriage promise," 3 Sep. 2019 NORTH COUNTY Widows, widowers to meet for activities The Catholic Widows and Widowers of North County support group hosts various social activities throughout the month. San Diego Union-Tribune, "11-Year old spearheads fundraising effort for Operation HOPE," 16 Aug. 2019 The 59-year-old Swedish widower with a deep-seated distrust of technology and a passion for enforcing the rules at his residential community was a crank, yes, but a world-class crank. Chicago Tribune, chicagotribune.com, "Best bets at Printers Row Lit Fest," 23 May 2018 Curtis Nielson, the widower of Councilwoman Sandi Nielson who died in August, is running for a council seat. azcentral, "Election 2018: Here's who wants to run your Valley city," 1 June 2018 Richard Henry Bouchard, 67, of Simpsonville, widower of Joanne Bouchard, passed away on Thursday, August 22, 2019. courant.com, "Richard Henry Bouchard," 29 Aug. 2019 After Sampson died at the age of 66, her husband petitioned Congress to receive a pension as the widower of a Revolutionary veteran. Brigit Katz, Smithsonian, "Diary Sheds Light on Deborah Sampson, Who Fought in the Revolutionary War," 2 July 2019 After Beatriz’s death, her widower married her best friend, Gigi. Ariana Romero, refinery29.com, "A Guide To Grand Hotel's Many Wild, Sexy, Muder-y Mysteries," 18 June 2019

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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 How to pronounce widower (audio) \

Kids Definition of widower

: a man whose wife is dead

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