Widower


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Widow

A woman whose husband has died. In many countries, widows are eligible for certain state benefits. Widows generally receive at least a portion of their husband's pension or other retirement plan. Likewise, a man whose wife has died is called a widower.

Widower

A man who has not remarried following the death of his wife.
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But now," he said, "that you are a widower, your wife's connection cannot injure you.
Graves replied in a tone which the widower thought too authoritative for the occasion.
Featherstone, and had died childless years ago, so that her nephews and nieces might be supposed to touch the affections of the widower.
When Dorcas Sloane got married last summer she said if she'd had enough money to live on she'd never have been bothered with a man, but even a widower with eight children was better'n living with a sister-in-law.
To this end he had given up his house in Weymouth Street, and had taken this opportunity of moving himself, his scientific instruments, and his two charming daughters (he had been a widower for some years) into the more peaceful atmosphere of Norwood.
He was a widower when he came, and a widower he remained, despite the fact that gossip regularly married him to this, that, or the other one, every year of his sojourn.
He comes in sometimes when I am with Clementina at the piano--he is a widower, you know--and stands there pulling his white goatee.
George carried the pompous supplies to his mother and the shattered old widower whom it was now the main business of her life to tend and comfort.
She ought not to have worn a chignon," answered Madame Nikolaeva, who had long ago made up her mind that if the elderly widower she was angling for married her, the wedding should be of the simplest.
The key proffered him by the bereaved widower being a large one, he slips his two-foot rule into a side-pocket of his flannel trousers made for it, and deliberately opens his flannel coat, and opens the mouth of a large breast-pocket within it before taking the key to place it in that repository.
For one like myself--a widower so long-- these tokens of female care and superintendence have inexpressible charms.
At length a county-widower, with a daughter of fourteen, opened negotiations with the lady; and as it was a part either of the native dignity or of the artificial policy of Mrs General (but certainly one or the other) to comport herself as if she were much more sought than seeking, the widower pursued Mrs General until he prevailed upon her to form his daughter's mind and manners.