widowhood

noun wid·ow·hood \ ˈwi-dō-ˌhu̇d , -də- \
|Updated on: 12 Jun 2018

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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before 12th century

in the meaning defined at sense 1

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