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[wid-oh-er] /ˈwɪd oʊ ər/
a man who has lost his wife by death and has not remarried.
late Middle English
1325-75; late Middle English (see widow, -er1); replacing widow (now dial.), Old English wydewa
Related forms
widowered, adjective
widowerhood, noun
Can be confused
widow, widower. Unabridged
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Examples from the web for widower
  • The bride was a widow, and the bridegroom was a widower.
  • It is often the widow who does this, but in some areas, it is also the widower.
  • Her outraged widower spurred a protest that escalated into a riot.
  • The bridegroom was a widower whose second marriage ended in divorce.
  • And it is this that becomes the tragic barrier against which the widower beats.
  • When he is asked if he is a widower he considers the question with care.
  • He was a widower whose second marriage ended in divorce.
  • The bridegroom, who legally changed his name, was a widower.
  • We pay widow's or widower's benefits based on a percentages of the deceased worker's benefit amount.
British Dictionary definitions for widower


a man whose wife has died and who has not remarried
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for widower

mid-14c., extended from widow. The Old English masc. form was widewa.

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