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Widow, widower

  • A widow is a woman whose spouse has died. The word usually refers to a bereaved woman who has not remarried. Widower is simply the male equivalent of widow. It refers to a man who has lost his spouse and has not remarried. The words come from Old English, where widow was wydewe and widower was wydewa.

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    The latest volley took place recently when McNamee’s widow sued her deceased husband’s business partners and an Elgin attorney. [Chicago Tribune]

    Patrick, a widower, age 88, has been living in a retirement home for two years. [Canada.com]

    The widow of a man killed on his 25th wedding anniversary has hugged the mother of the man whose culpable driving killed him. [Herald Sun]

    He died at St Columba’s, unaware that he was a widower. [Scotsman]

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