widow

noun
wid·​ow | \ ˈwi-(ˌ)dō \

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

Three moon rocks, in detail at right, are in a case that was presented to the widow of Sergei Korolev, an architect of the Soviet space program. Robert Lee Hotz, WSJ, "Your Chance to Own a Piece of the Moon," 25 Nov. 2018 Inside, Trump visited with wounded police officers and spent an hour with the widow of victim Dr. Richard Gottfried, according to White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders. Zeke Miller, The Seattle Times, "Trumps pay tribute at synagogue where 11 were fatally shot," 31 Oct. 2018 Wilson accused Trump of making insensitive remarks to the pregnant widow of one of the four American soldiers killed during an attack in Niger. Kaitlyn Schallhorn, Fox News, "Trump's nicknames for rivals, from 'Rocket Man' to 'Pocahontas'," 13 Aug. 2018 In Georgia, a trial judge recently dismissed a similar lawsuit brought by the widow of firefighter Jeff Little against the city of Waycross and Fire Chief David Eddins. Mike Hendricks, kansascity, "Firefighters protect us. Who protects them?," 13 July 2018 One of the former wrestlers, Mike DiSabato, is also being accused by the widow of a Marine who was killed in combat in Iraq of intimidating and bullying her over a memorial fund set up in her husband’s name. Tara Golshan, Vox, "Jim Jordan is accused of turning a blind eye to Ohio State sexual abuse. Now he’s attacking the accusers.," 6 July 2018 Then later in his speech through tears, Henry made an impassioned plea to the widow of Owen Hart to allow Hart to be inducted into the Hall of Fame. Gene Guillot, NOLA.com, "The best 34 parts of an awesome WrestleMania week," 12 Apr. 2018 Oscar was predeceased by a daughter in 2009 Janice of Avon widow of the late William Lonabaugh. courant.com, "Oscar Maillet," 3 Apr. 2018 In 1990, President George H.W. Bush presented the Congressional Gold Medal to the widow of U.S. Olympic legend Jesse Owens. azcentral, "AZ Memo: Tempe motorcycle officers now carry AR-15s; what it costs to graduate in AZ; inside look at a 'D' rated school," 28 Mar. 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

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 The most common reason [I’ve seen] for requesting a reversal is a change in relationship like divorce, or [becoming widowed]. Nina Bahadur, SELF, "Childfree by Choice: When You Don't Want Kids—But Your Doctor Won't Listen," 1 Mar. 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, Fox News, "McCain to be buried near best friend at US Naval Academy," 27 Aug. 2018 Godless’’ embraces the tropes of both a rollicking ’50s western and the darkly philosophical anti-westerns of the late ’60s and early ’70s, but with the feminist twist of an 1880s mining town run entirely by women widowed by a silver-mine collapse. Scott Tobias, BostonGlobe.com, "How TV has brought the western into the 21st century," 5 July 2018 When Coley’s widowed mother became ill in 2004, Mikali was a caregiver in her final years. Pam Kragen, sandiegouniontribune.com, "Win or lose, baseball's just as sweet for exonerated man," 11 July 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 \

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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