- The definition of a widow is a woman who is alive after her husband’s death.
An example of a widow is Jackie Kennedy after president John F. Kennedy was shot.
A widow visits her husbands grave.Licensed from iStockPhoto
- a woman who has outlived the man to whom she was married at the time of his death; esp., such a woman who has not remarried
- ☆ Card Games a number of cards dealt into a separate pile, typically for the use of the highest bidder
- Printing an incomplete line, as that ending a paragraph, carried over to the top of a new page or column: generally avoided by rewriting copy to eliminate the line or fill it out
- ☆ Informal a woman whose husband is often away indulging in a specified hobby, sport, etc.: a golf widow
Origin: Middle English widwe from Old English widewe, akin to German witwe, Classical Latin vidua from Indo-European an unverified form widhewo-, separated from base an unverified form weidh-, to separate: see divide
- widowhood noun
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- A woman whose spouse has died and who has not remarried.
- Informal A woman whose spouse is often away pursuing a sport or hobby.
- An additional hand of cards dealt face down in some card games, to be used by the highest bidder. Also called kitty1.
- Printing a. A single, usually short line of type, as one ending a paragraph, carried over to the top of the next page or column.b. A short line at the bottom of a page, column, or paragraph.
Origin: Middle English widewe, from Old English widuwe.