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widow

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noun wid·ow \ˈwi-(ˌ)dō\

Simple Definition of widow

  • : a woman whose husband has died

  • : a woman whose husband often leaves her alone while he plays sports or is involved in other activities

Source: Merriam-Webster's Learner's Dictionary

Full Definition of widow

  1. 1 a :  a woman who has lost her husband by death and usually has not remarried b :  grass widow 2 c :  a woman whose husband leaves her alone frequently or for long periods to engage in a usually specified activity <a golf widow>

  2. 2 :  an extra hand or part of a hand of cards dealt face down and usually placed at the disposal of the highest bidder

  3. 3 :  a single usually short last line (as of a paragraph) separated from its related text and appearing at the top of a printed page or column

Origin of widow

Middle English widewe, from Old English wuduwe; akin to Old High German wituwa widow, Latin vidua, Sanskrit vidhavā, Latin -videre to separate


First Known Use: before 12th century

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Rhymes with widow

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widow

verb wid·ow

Definition of widow

  1. transitive verb
  2. 1 :  to cause to become a widow or widower

  3. 2 obsolete :  to survive as the widow of

  4. 3 :  to deprive of something greatly valued or needed



14th Century

First Known Use of widow

14th century



WIDOW Defined for Kids

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widow

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noun wid·ow \ˈwi-dō\

Definition of widow for Students

  1. :  a woman whose husband is dead




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widow

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verb wid·ow

Definition of widow for Students

widowedwidowing

  1. :  to make a widow or widower of




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