widowhood

noun
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

Examples of widowhood in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web After his father died, Cary had flown to Tampa and then driven north to the retirement community where his dad had ended his days in a condominium that had grown lonely in his widowhood. Thomas Mcguane, The New Yorker, 11 Oct. 2021 The number of tax disadvantages and advantages of widowhood may appear overwhelming but, again, not if described in everyday language and with ample examples. Larry Light, Forbes, 3 Oct. 2021 How unexpectedly fortunate for you, that widowhood has proved such a social triumph. Daniel M. Lavery, The New Yorker, 18 Sep. 2021 Upon his release at war's end, Claypoole traveled to Philadelphia to inform the seamstress of her widowhood. Tribune News Service, Arkansas Online, 4 July 2021 Upon his release at war's end, Claypoole traveled to Philadelphia to inform the seamstress of her widowhood. Tribune News Service, Arkansas Online, 4 July 2021 Upon his release at war's end, Claypoole traveled to Philadelphia to inform the seamstress of her widowhood. Tribune News Service, Arkansas Online, 4 July 2021 Upon his release at war's end, Claypoole traveled to Philadelphia to inform the seamstress of her widowhood. Tribune News Service, Arkansas Online, 4 July 2021 Upon his release at war's end, Claypoole traveled to Philadelphia to inform the seamstress of her widowhood. Tribune News Service, Arkansas Online, 4 July 2021

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First Known Use of widowhood

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

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The first known use of widowhood was before the 12th century

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18 Oct 2021

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“Widowhood.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/widowhood. Accessed 5 Dec. 2021.

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