wid·​ow·​hood | \ ˈwi-dō-ˌhu̇d How to pronounce widowhood (audio) , -də-\

Definition of widowhood

1 : the fact or state of being a widow
2 : the period during which a woman remains a widow

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As life expectancy rises, more retirees face the higher risk of poverty associated with declining resources and widowhood. Alicia H. Munnell, WSJ, "Four Simple Changes to Bring Social Security Into the 21st Century," 16 Dec. 2018 Unfortunate medical conditions, widowhood and grief are frequent themes. Michael Berry, San Francisco Chronicle, "Science fiction and fantasy books: ‘Belly Up,’ ‘What Should Be Wild,’ ‘84K’," 7 June 2018 Not coincidentally, a small-r republican movement flourished in Britain off and on during Victoria's 40 years of grim-faced widowhood. Patt Morrison, latimes.com, "After centuries of practice, Britain's royals figure out how to turn a wedding into a global watch party," 17 May 2018 Facing widowhood, and the realities of aging, a handful of Brits decide to flip retirement on its head. Cnt Editors, Condé Nast Traveler, "The 45 Best Travel Films of All Time," 11 May 2018 Eleanor, who still wanted an annulment (or maybe a widowhood), travelled in her own ship with her own retinue. Anne Thériault, Longreads, "Queens of Infamy: Eleanor of Aquitaine," 4 Apr. 2018 In fact, the real faces of war are torn and displaced communities, women suffering the ravages of rape and widowhood, children with missing limbs and orphans without the hope of education and health care. Eugene Scott, Washington Post, "A Texas congresswoman said women are just as responsible for preventing sexual assault," 19 Oct. 2017 Her new book, The Best of Us, is about a topic of interest to this aging demographic: widowhood. Caitlin Flanagan, The Atlantic, "Joyce Maynard Can’t Stop Writing About Herself," 11 Sep. 2017 His producer eventually introduced him to Lustig, and to his story of widowhood and grief. Saul Austerlitz, New Republic, "How Do You Make a Movie in a Language You Don’t Speak?," 28 Aug. 2017

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First Known Use of widowhood

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

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an act or instance of returning to life

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