Widow and widower are the words to describe a surviving spouse left behind after their husband or wife died. The word widow has an Old English origin dating back to before the 19th century. A widow is a woman who has experienced the death of a spouse or significant other. A widower is a man who has a deceased spouse or loved one.
What Is the Definition of the Word Widow?
- a woman who has a deceased husband and has not obtained a new husband through remarriage.
- Cards. an additional hand or part of a hand, as one dealt to the table.
- a short last line of a paragraph, especially one less than half of the full measure or one consisting of only a single word.
- the last line of a paragraph when it is carried over to the top of the following page away from the rest of the paragraph.
- a woman often left alone because her husband devotes his free time to a hobby or sport (used in combination).
- similar words include widowhood
- e.g. In regards to the well-being and treatment of widows, it is essential that they have a support system or attend support groups to help them transition into their new life.
- The widow still wore her wedding ring and she was qualifying for her deceased husband’s Social Security.
- to make (someone) a widow:
- She was widowed by the war.
- She was widowed thanks to health risks in her deceased husband.
- to deprive of anything cherished or needed:
- A surprise attack widowed the army of its supplies.
- to endow with a widow’s right.
- to survive as the widow of.
What Is the Definition of the Word Widower?
- a man who has lost his spouse by death and has not remarried.
Examples of the Word Widower in Context
- He was a widower whose only son had already predeceased him.
- NEW ORLEANS’ CARNIVALESQUE DAY OF THE DEAD|JASON BERRY|NOVEMBER 1, 2014|DAILY BEAST
- 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|MARLOW STERN|MAY 30, 2014|DAILY BEAST
- 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|DAILY BEAST
- 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|JACOB BERNSTEIN|OCTOBER 11, 2010|DAILY BEAST
- Sometimes a man loved his wife so dearly that after her death he remained a widower a long time.
- OMAHA SOCIOLOGY (1884 N 03 / 1881-1882 (PAGES 205-370))|JAMES OWEN DORSEY
- How long will you give your cousin to marry, if he is single, or a widower, at the time of your death?
- NO NAME|WILKIE COLLINS
- He is a widower, and his wife was a sister of the Van Kensingtons.
- THE TAMING OF RED BUTTE WESTERN|FRANCIS LYNDE
- It was kept in order and managed by an elderly sister of Angus, named Martha, for Angus was a widower.
- THE RED MAN’S REVENGE|R.M. BALLANTYNE
- Mis’ Maddox used to buy all her baked victuals of him, ‘specially after she found out he was a widower beginnin’ to take notice.
- THE VILLAGE WATCH-TOWER|(AKA KATE DOUGLAS RIGGS) KATE DOUGLAS WIGGIN
Examples of the Word Widow in Context
- Mel Kahn, a Florida widower, asked for the property tax exemption that state law allowed only to widows.
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- Thanks to a new, substantially funded initiative led by his widow, Denise Bradley-Tyson, and the American Heart Association, Bernard Tyson’s work and message have been given an afterlife.
- BERNARD TYSON’S PROFOUND IMPACT CONTINUES EVEN AFTER HIS DEATH—THROUGH A NEW SOCIAL INVESTMENT FUND|CLEAF2013|SEPTEMBER 16, 2020|FORTUNE
- Benedict’s husband would die of a heart attack—which also allowed her, as a widow, to move toward a tenured professorship at Columbia, something denied to married women at the time.
- GENDER IS WHAT YOU MAKE OF IT – ISSUE 88: LOVE & SEX|CHARLES KING|AUGUST 5, 2020|NAUTILUS
- That was accomplished by cops such as the one whose picture was clutched so tightly by his widow on Sunday.
- FUNERAL PROTEST IS TOO MUCH FOR NYPD UNION BOSS|MICHAEL DALY|JANUARY 5, 2015|DAILY BEAST
- Marjorie Wilkes Huntley was a New Age feminist, a widow, and a librarian.
- WONDER WOMAN’S CREATION STORY IS WILDER THAN YOU COULD EVER IMAGINE|TOM ARNOLD-FORSTER|NOVEMBER 3, 2014|DAILY BEAST
- The truth is likely closer to what the widow told The Daily Beast in late July.
- HOW BUREAUCRATS LET EBOLA SPREAD TO NIGERIA|MICHAEL DALY|AUGUST 14, 2014|DAILY BEAST
- The results would aid in the criminal investigation surrounding the widow, who stands accused of elder abuse.
- INVASION OF THE CELEBRITY BODY SNATCHERS, FROM CHARLIE CHAPLIN TO CASEY KASEM|MELISSA LEON|JULY 19, 2014|DAILY BEAST
- Last year, his widow and his brother pulled 150 of them for posthumous publication, with a plan to release eight to 10 per year.
- THE DRUNKEN DOWNFALL OF EVANGELICAL AMERICA’S FAVORITE PAINTER|ZAC BISSONNETTE|JUNE 8, 2014|DAILY BEAST
- I have already explained to Lawrence and Basswood that it is a mistake, and that the widow will be paid all that is due her.
- DAVE PORTER AND THE RUNAWAYS|EDWARD STRATEMEYER
- Wasn’t that the young man who married the Widow Finkelstein?’
- THE GRANDCHILDREN OF THE GHETTO|ISRAEL ZANGWILL
- When she became a widow she resumed her place with renewed power.
- GORDON KEITH|THOMAS NELSON PAGE
- The widow’s hands were clasped and her eyes wandered vacantly from one to the other of her strange visitors.
- CHOICE READINGS FOR THE HOME CIRCLE|ANONYMOUS
- The great question now was whether they could approach the widow and her daughter otherwise than through Serjeant Bluestone.
- LADY ANNA|ANTHONY TROLLOPE
Now you should be familiar with the terms widow and widower. You should be able to use both in the correct sense for which gender spouse was left behind and also know more about both words.