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widow

noun wid·ow \ ˈwi-(ˌ)dō \
Updated on: 15 Nov 2017

Definition of widow

1 a :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

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Origin and Etymology of widow

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

verb

Definition of widow

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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First Known Use of widow

14th century



WIDOW Defined for English Language Learners

widow

noun

Definition of widow for English Language Learners

  • : a woman whose husband has died

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


WIDOW Defined for Kids

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widow

noun wid·ow \ ˈwi-dō \

Definition of widow for Students

:a woman whose husband is dead

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widow

verb

Definition of widow for Students

widowed; widowing
:to make a widow or widower of


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