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

Examples of widower in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web In 1880, Newton’s daughter, Clara, then about 15, married an African American widower named W.H. Lowdine and moved away. Marisa Agha, Smithsonian Magazine, 28 Apr. 2022 Even the singer’s widower, Chris Pérez, who was legally first in line to inherit Selena’s properties as husband, was quickly stripped away from it all. Isabela Raygoza, refinery29.com, 17 Apr. 2022 Meanwhile, Hutchins’s widower is set to make his first public appearance today in Beverly Hills at WrapWomen’s Power Women Summit. Rebecca Alter, Vulture, 2 Dec. 2021 There's 73-year-old Prabir, the family patriarch and widower, a construction executive who has long ignored his family's pleas to stop working, and his two sons, Prateek and Abhimanyu. Aniruddha Ghosal, Star Tribune, 23 May 2021 Ernie Kranias, Linda’s widower, will tell you that a big head was the last thing Linda would have ever exhibited, in any aspect of life. Amanda Loudin, Outside Online, 7 Nov. 2019 Halyna Hutchins' widower, Matt, told TMZon Friday the late cinematographer's family members have been trapped in Ukrainian capital Kyiv in the wake of Russia's invasion of the country. Brendan Morrow, The Week, 18 Mar. 2022 Hutchins’ widower, Matt Hutchins, has retained attorney Brian Panish of Panish Shea Doyle Ravipudi LLP. Gene Maddaus, Variety, 17 Nov. 2021 The miniature microvolumes had remained in the Brontë family until the 1890s, when they were dispersed, along with many other manuscripts and artifacts, after the death of the second wife of Charlotte’s widower. New York Times, 30 Mar. 2022 See More

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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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“Widower.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/widower. Accessed 16 May. 2022.

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

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: a man whose spouse is dead


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