Widow meaning

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(informal) A woman whose spouse is often away pursuing a sport or hobby.
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A woman who has outlived her spouse; esp., such a woman who has not remarried.
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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.

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A woman whose husband has died (who has not remarried); feminine of widower.
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(informal, in combination) A woman whose husband is often away pursuing a sport, etc.
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An additional hand of cards dealt face down in some card games, to be used by the highest bidder.
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(printing) A single line of type that ends a paragraph, carried over to the next page or column.
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A venomous spider, of the genus Latrodectus.
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To make a widow (widower) of someone; to cause the death of one's spouse.
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A woman whose spouse has died and who has not remarried.
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An additional hand of cards dealt face down in some card games, to be used by the highest bidder.
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To make a widow or widower of.
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(printing) An incomplete line, as that ending a paragraph, carried over to the top of a new page or column.
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(informal) A woman whose spouse is often away indulging in a specified hobby, sport, etc.

A golf widow.

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To cause to become a widow or widower.

Widowed by the war.

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(card games) An extra group of cards dealt when the hands are dealt, typically for use by the winning bidder.
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Other Word Forms

Noun

Singular:
widow
Plural:
widows

Origin of widow

  • Middle English widewe from Old English widuwe

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • From Old English widewe or wuduwe or widuwe (“widow"), from Proto-Germanic *widuwÇ­, from Proto-Indo-European *h₁widʰéwhâ‚‚. Cognate with Dutch weduwe, German Witwe, and also Latin vidua, French veuve, Bulgarian вдовица (vdovica).

    From Wiktionary