merry widow


often capitalized M&W
: a strapless corset or bustier usually having garters attached

Word History


The Merry Widow, operetta (1905) by Franz Lehár

First Known Use

1952, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of merry widow was in 1952

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Cite this Entry

“Merry widow.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 21 May. 2024.

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