Etymology
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widower (n.)

"man who has lost his wife by death," late 14c., extended from widow (n.). The Old English masc. form was widewa. Similar formation in Middle Dutch weduwer, German Wittwer. Related: Widowerhood.

updated on April 06, 2014

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Definitions of widower from WordNet

widower (n.)
a man whose wife is dead especially one who has not remarried;
Synonyms: widowman
Etymologies are not definitions. From wordnet.princeton.edu, not affiliated with etymonline.