- The definition of bereaved is a sadness, such as the loss of someone as a result of death.
An example of bereaved is a person whose mother has died.
bereaved definition by Webster's New World
bereaved definition by American Heritage Dictionary
bereaved - Phrases/Idioms
Variant of bereave
- to deprive or rob; dispossess: now usually in the pp. bereft: she was bereft of hope or happiness
- to leave in a sad or lonely state, as by loss or death
- Obsolete to take away by force
Origin: Middle English bireven ; from Old English bereafian, to deprive, rob ; from be-, be- plush reafian, akin to German rauben: see reave
- bereavement noun