- a man who has lost his spouse by death and has not remarried.
Origin of widower
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Examples from the Web for widower
He was a widower whose only son had already predeceased him.New Orleans’ Carnivalesque Day of the Dead
November 1, 2014
The public fingered Monjack as a possible suspect after the widower opposed an autopsy—claims that he vehemently denied.‘Clueless’: How the Greatest Clique of the ‘90s Transformed Into A Shakespearean Tragedy
May 30, 2014
In another village, a widower was picked up from a bus and forcibly sterilised; he died of an infection soon after.Hold Onto Your Penis
David Frum, Justin Green
November 29, 2012
She also sports a sparkly new ring given to her by her boyfriend, Art Ortenberg, the widower of Liz Claiborne.Fashion's Most Feared Critic
October 11, 2010
Mr. John Lambert was a millionnaire, a politician, and a widower.Malbone
Thomas Wentworth Higginson
Jacob was tall and snuff-colored, a widower of three years' standing.Tiverton Tales
His relations with her father and mother were like those on which a widower son-in-law might have stood.Little Dorrit
"They didn't bother Mr. Wetherford Swift," said the widower.
"If there were not an ordinance against the hurling of missiles," finished the widower.
- a man whose wife has died and who has not remarried
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Word Origin and History for widower
mid-14c., extended from widow. The Old English masc. form was widewa.
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper