widow's walk

noun

: a railed observation platform atop a usually coastal house

Example Sentences

Recent Examples on the Web Rising grandly over the settlement, with its gables and carved horse-head crown, its ornately fenced widow's walk, the Flake house is now a museum. Mike Sager, Esquire, 17 Oct. 2012

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Word History

First Known Use

1920, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of widow's walk was in 1920

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“Widow's walk.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/widow%27s%20walk. Accessed 29 Nov. 2022.

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