n. A widow.
“Did this, in some small measure, help console the widow? No. For what the almone wailed was: 'My poor Isadore—all his life he worked, day and night, and we lived poor as mice, and just when God decides to drop a fortune in our lap, Izzy drops dead!'" (NJY)
"Marian Robinson, Michelle Obama's mother, is a 'almone' (widow) and retired bank secretary." (source)
Languages of Origin
- Textual Hebrew
TH אלמנה > Y אַלמנה almone
- Older: Jews who are middle-aged and older
- Ashkenazim: Jews with Ashkenazi heritage
- North America
- The New Joys of Yiddish, by Leo Rosten and Lawrence Bush (New York, 2003).
- Yiddish and English: A Century of Yiddish in America, by Sol Steinmetz (Tuscaloosa, 1986).
Who Uses This
almona, almoona, almoneh, almoonah, almonah
See also almen.
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