widow

noun
wid·​ow | \ ˈwi-(ˌ)dō How to pronounce widow (audio) \

Definition of widow

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1a : a woman who has lost her spouse or partner by death and usually has not remarried
c : a woman whose spouse or partner leaves her alone or ignores her frequently or for long periods to engage in a usually specified activity a golf widow a video game widow
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 : 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

widow

verb
widowed; widowing; widows

Definition of widow (Entry 2 of 2)

transitive verb

1 : to cause to become a widow or widower
2 obsolete : to survive as the widow of
3 : to deprive of something greatly valued or needed

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Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

And speaking of families, only three female characters total among this year’s crop of frontrunners are moms raising children: Rachel Brosnahan’s stand-up comic in Maisel, Betty Gilpin’s ‘80s wrestler in GLOW, and Applegate’s widow in Dead to Me. Stacey Wilson Hunt, Fortune, "Female-Led Series Will Likely Dominate Emmy’s Comedy Contenders," 11 July 2019 Murphy won despite Jones' widow giving support to Perry. Fox News, "Murphy wins North Carolina GOP congressional primary runoff in boost for House Freedom Caucus," 10 July 2019 Murphy won despite Jones’ widow giving support to Perry. Gary D. Robertson, BostonGlobe.com, "Greg Murphy wins North Carolina GOP congressional primary runoff," 9 July 2019 Murphy won despite Jones’ widow giving support to Perry. Washington Post, "Murphy wins North Carolina GOP congressional primary runoff," 9 July 2019 The only single women widows now or brides Half married to the breeze. Terrance Hayes, The New Yorker, "American Sonnet for My Past and Future Assassin," 22 June 2019 Rosales' widow on Monday pleaded with Desimone for answers. Anchorage Daily News, "Former Arizona lawmaker sentenced for Southeast Alaska killing," 17 June 2019 Eastern Star is for the wives and widows of Masons. Karen Zurawski, Houston Chronicle, "SUNDAY CONVERSATION: Masonic Lodge leader shares his love of Katy community," 16 June 2019 Like the allowances for widows in 2014, many of the changes did nothing to protect the thousands of homeowners who already had paid millions to the lenders who wrote their loans. USA Today, "Seniors were sold a risk-free retirement with reverse mortgages. Now they face foreclosure.," 12 June 2019

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

Barbara married George Cornelius in 2000 and was widowed in 2005. sun-sentinel.com, "Deaths in South Florida: 7/14," 14 July 2019 Acela began selling mattresses downtown in 1997, twenty-five years old and newly widowed, with an infant and a two-year-old. Rowan Moore Gerety, Harper's magazine, "Downstream," 10 June 2019 Michael Skakel, a nephew of Ethel Kennedy, the widow of Robert F. Kennedy, was one of seven children left largely unsupervised by their father, who had been widowed after their mother had died a few years earlier from cancer. Rick Rojas And Kristin Hussey, New York Times, "Four Decades After Martha Moxley’s Murder, Her Mother Says ‘It’s Enough’," 5 May 2018 In a fictional Pakistani town, Nargis, a prominent architect, is suddenly widowed after her husband is killed in an attack. Joumana Khatib, New York Times, "New in Paperback: ‘Priestdaddy,’ ‘The Golden Legend’," 4 May 2018 In a report released on Wednesday, April 18, 2018, researchers found that melanoma patients who are married tend to be diagnosed at an earlier more treatable stage than patients who are unmarried, widowed or divorced. Washington Post, "Spouses can boost early detection for melanoma patients," 18 Apr. 2018 Sorry for Your Loss stars a magnificent Elizabeth Olsen as Leigh, a writer who was recently widowed and is trying to piece her life back together. Pilot Viruet, The Verge, "The 12 best overlooked TV shows of 2018," 14 Dec. 2018 McCain’s office said on Sunday that Larson, who died in 2014, had reserved four plots at the site — for himself, McCain and their wives, both now widows. Laurie Kellman, The Seattle Times, "McCain to be buried near best friend at US Naval Academy," 27 Aug. 2018 The pageant is for women 26 years of age and older who are single, divorced, widowed or married, PRNewswire added. Fernando Alfonso Iii, Houston Chronicle, "Former Houston attorney crowned 2018 Ms. International," 20 Mar. 2018

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First Known Use of widow

Noun

before the 12th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

Verb

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for widow

Noun

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

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widow

noun

English Language Learners Definition of widow

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

widow

noun
wid·​ow | \ ˈwi-dō How to pronounce widow (audio) \

Kids Definition of widow

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: a woman whose husband is dead

widow

verb
widowed; widowing

Kids Definition of widow (Entry 2 of 2)

: to make a widow or widower of

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