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 At the time, Jackson had been providing daily care for Bolin, a widower who served as a private in the 14th Missouri Cavalry through the Civil War. Joelle Goldstein, PEOPLE.com, "Last Known Surviving Widow of a Civil War Veteran Dies at 101 in Missouri," 5 Jan. 2021 Pianon is a notary from Verona, a widower who dresses in elegant shirts and trousers tailored, colonial-style, from linen of an archaic thickness. Andrea Lee, The New Yorker, "The Rivals," 28 Dec. 2020 There is a widower, a common presence in the holiday movie world. Washington Post, "Fox Nation’s first original Christmas movie feels like every other cozy, Christmas movie — with one exception," 24 Dec. 2020 Some detractors accuse him of shrouding himself in widower’s weeds, of dredging up his late wife in every speech. Krista Stevens, Longreads, "Longreads Best of 2020: Profiles," 17 Dec. 2020 White-haired widower Dahl, 56, was a Norwegian immigrant who had been a merchant in Crookston before staking his claim in logging country. Curt Brown Special To The Star Tribune, Star Tribune, "Double murder darkened Minnesota North Woods in 1904," 12 Dec. 2020 Near the urn, a man approached the widower and expressed his sympathy. cincinnati.com, "Help support quality local journalism like this.," 10 Dec. 2020 At Travis Air Force Base, where the monotony of turkey sandwiches was a frequent complaint, a widower who had been in room B206 on the boat spent $5,800 to have 475 Dominoes cheese pizzas delivered to his companions in quarantine. Los Angeles Times, "‘We called it Voyage of the Damned’: Days of despair on the Grand Princess," 23 Dec. 2020 In that moment, Liam became the full-fledged fantasy of the widow who falls in love with a widower. Carole Radziwill, Town & Country, "Carole Radziwill's Christmas Quest: Searching for Liam Neeson," 22 Dec. 2020

These example sentences are selected automatically from various online news sources to reflect current usage of the word 'widower.' Views expressed in the examples do not represent the opinion of Merriam-Webster or its editors. Send us feedback.

See More

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

Keep scrolling for more

Learn More about widower

Time Traveler for widower

Time Traveler

The first known use of widower was in the 14th century

See more words from the same century

Statistics for widower

Last Updated

13 Jan 2021

Cite this Entry

“Widower.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/widower. Accessed 24 Jan. 2021.

Keep scrolling for more

More Definitions for widower


How to pronounce widower (audio)

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

Keep scrolling for more

Comments on widower

What made you want to look up widower? Please tell us where you read or heard it (including the quote, if possible).


Test Your Vocabulary

Slippery Words Quiz—Changing with the Times

  • ducreux self portrait yawning
  • What is an earlier meaning of nice?
Spell It

Can you spell these 10 commonly misspelled words?


Anagram puzzles meet word search.

Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!