Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • noun The condition or period of being a widower.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun The condition of a widower.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • noun The state of being a widower.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • noun The state or period of being a widower

Etymologies

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widower +‎ -hood

Examples

  • By the end of this ploddingbook, we sense that Lynley will return to New Scotland Yard once he has completed the coastal walk whose ending will coincide with his acceptance of widowerhood.

    Careless in Red, by Elizabeth George

  • By the end of this ploddingbook, we sense that Lynley will return to New Scotland Yard once he has completed the coastal walk whose ending will coincide with his acceptance of widowerhood.

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  • By the end of this ploddingbook, we sense that Lynley will return to New Scotland Yard once he has completed the coastal walk whose ending will coincide with his acceptance of widowerhood.

    Careless in Red, by Elizabeth George

  • By the end of this ploddingbook, we sense that Lynley will return to New Scotland Yard once he has completed the coastal walk whose ending will coincide with his acceptance of widowerhood.

    March 2009

  • And add to that his widowerhood, his children, his ruined property, his debts, and the woman with whom he had fallen in love!

    The Gambler

  • And in up to 15 percent of elderly men followed longitudinally there was an increased level of sexual interest and activity at a certain point in old age such as after recovery from the grieving period of widowerhood.

    'Sex, Lies, and Social Science': Another Exchange

  • A silk hat with a crape band nearly to the top should be worn by widowers during the first year of their widowerhood; but black shirt studs, black sleeve buttons, handkerchiefs bordered with black, and the other abominations in which the grief-stricken Frenchman arrays himself are not tolerated in this country.

    The Complete Bachelor Manners for Men

  • For the first two or three months of his widowerhood (how else could he term his present peculiar wifeless condition?) there had been a constant coming and going of servants, first chosen, and then dismissed, by Maud.

    McClure's Magazine, Vol 31, No 2, June 1908

  • Kiku was too much on his mind; this forced widowerhood with charge of a toddling boy.

    Bakemono Yashiki (The Haunted House), Retold from the Japanese Originals Tales of the Tokugawa, Volume 2

  • At the date of his widowerhood he was in Dauphiné and his own choice for a wife was Charlotte, daughter of the Duke of Savoy.

    Charles the Bold Last Duke of Burgundy, 1433-1477

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