One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
nounFeminine divorcée, divorcé
A divorced person.
- ‘Young people, many of them single, divorcees, the elderly seeking retirement havens and immigrants, all fuel the demand for new property.’
- ‘I became immune to the horror stories of broken marriages and learnt that widows carried far less emotional baggage than divorcées.’
- ‘Thousands and thousands of jobs materialized for divorcees in the desert with three kids.’
- ‘Pensioners, the young, singles and divorcees all now look upon wash day as a social occasion.’
- ‘However, divorcees must show their divorce certificates when remarrying.’
- ‘There's a string of more complicated provisions that affect, for example, widows, widowers and divorcees.’
- ‘A woman must accept her husband taking second, third and fourth wives since divorcees have few chances to earn a livelihood.’
- ‘Although some children may thrive even after their parents get divorced, taken as a group, the children of divorcees are at serious risk.’
- ‘It may work in a limited number of cases, but the relationship between the divorcees would need to be extremely amicable.’
- ‘In my diocese I get an average of 10 calls a week from my clergy seeking my approval for them to marry divorcees.’
- ‘We could warn the single, brunette divorcees in the area.’
- ‘But more importantly, these singles are not just recent graduates or widows and divorcees in their golden years.’
- ‘So, although Charles is, in the eyes of the CofE, a widower, Camilla is a divorcée, and therefore cannot be married in a Church.’
- ‘Critics fear it will spark a shortage of accommodation if widows, divorcees and groups of singles drop plans to take in lodgers.’
- ‘Of the 1,831 people over 16 in the area, 296 were divorcees - nearly twice the national average of 8.2 per cent.’
- ‘About 75% of wedding ceremonies in the Unitarian church in Dublin are booked by young Catholics and divorcees who want to marry in a church setting.’
- ‘No single parents, no divorcees, no childless couples are welcome in this coalition.’
- ‘The novel's heroine, Stella, is a thirty-something divorcee and single mum on a quest for love.’
- ‘Preference is given to physically or mentally challenged women, widows, divorcees and those from the lowest income groups.’
- ‘Death is also kinder on the survivor, since people tend to be nicer to widows than to divorcees.’
Early 19th century: from French divorcé(e) ‘divorced man (or woman)’.
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