widowerhood

noun

wid·​ow·​er·​hood ˈwi-də-wər-ˌhu̇d How to pronounce widowerhood (audio)
1
: the fact or state of being a widower
2
: the period during which a man remains a widower

Examples of widowerhood in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Singlehood, divorce, widow or widowerhood, and critical health issues contribute to a rising number of older people living alone. Joseph Coughlin, Forbes, 21 Oct. 2021

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Word History

First Known Use

1788, in the meaning defined at sense 2

Time Traveler
The first known use of widowerhood was in 1788

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“Widowerhood.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/widowerhood. Accessed 4 Mar. 2024.

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