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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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 Widows and widowers group plans events The North County Widows and Widowers Group plans a number of events throughout the month. Linda Mcintosh, San Diego Union-Tribune, "Senior Citizens hold ‘Senior Prom”," 2 Aug. 2019 Have a total and permanent disability certified by a licensed physician or be a widow or widower. Rebekah L. Sanders, azcentral, "Disabled military veteran could lose his home over $236 in back taxes," 12 July 2019 Widows and widowers of victims will receive half of the amount, and children of victims may receive up to half of the amount, the NOS broadcaster reported. Cnaan Liphshiz, sun-sentinel.com, "Dutch Railways to compensate Holocaust survivors it helped transport," 26 June 2019 Hart stars as an event coordinator in Christmas Reservations, and a handsome widower factors into the wintry mix. Dan Snierson, EW.com, "Lifetime orders record 28 Christmas movies for 2019," 15 July 2019 Zardari is the widower of Benazir Bhutto, the first female Prime Minister of an Islamic nation, who was assassinated in 2007. Bianca Britton, CNN, "Former Pakistani President Asif Ali Zardari arrested on corruption charges," 10 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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