Widow, Widower, Orphan, ______ - what if you outlive your children?
March 8, 2013 3:38 PM Subscribe
Is there a word for a person who outlives all of their children? Widow:Widower :: Orphan: ??
posted by bartleby to Writing & Language (20 answers total) 4 users marked this as a favorite
There probably isn't a word for a person who has outlived _A_ child, because infant and child mortality has been high enough throughout history that having lost one or more children would be more common than not.
But perhaps there is a term for someone who survives _ALL_ of their offspring?