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Is a man called a widow

Widows are women who lost...

By using our site, you acknowledge that you have read and understand our Cookie PolicyPrivacy Policyand our Terms of Service. There are lots of words that have male and female forms, and usually there are alternate suffixes to the words which indicate the gender; for example, "waiter" vs. The one that has always puzzled me, though, is "widow" and "widower". Following the form of the previous examples, I understand "widower" for men--but why the form of the word with no suffix for women?

Why isn't a woman called a "widowess"? I suspect because the phrase was only needed for women and widower is a much later literary invention. Widow had a lot of legal implications for property, titles Is a man called a widow so on. If the survivor of a marriage was a woman things got complicated before women had many rights.

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