- 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.
- 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 of widowMiddle 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
- 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 of type at the bottom of a page, column, or paragraph.
transitive verbwid·owed, wid·ow·ing, wid·ows
Origin of widowMiddle English widewe, from Old English widuwe.
- A woman whose husband has died (who has not remarried); feminine of widower.
- (informal, in combination) A woman whose husband is often away pursuing a sport, etc.
- An additional hand of cards dealt face down in some card games, to be used by the highest bidder.
- (printing) A single line of type that ends a paragraph, carried over to the next page or column.
- A venomous spider, of the genus Latrodectus.
(third-person singular simple present widows, present participle widowing, simple past and past participle widowed)
- To make a widow (widower) of someone; to cause the death of one's spouse.
From Old English widewe or wuduwe or widuwe (“widow”), from Proto-Germanic *widuwǭ, from Proto-Indo-European *h₁widʰéwh₂. Cognate with Dutch weduwe, German Witwe, and also Latin vidua, French veuve, Bulgarian вдовица (vdovica).