Definitions for Widowˈwɪd oʊ

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. widow, widow woman(verb)

    a woman whose husband is dead especially one who has not remarried

  2. widow(verb)

    cause to be without a spouse

    "The war widowed many women in the former Yugoslavia"


  1. widow(Noun)

    A woman whose husband has died (and has not re-married); feminine of widower.

  2. widow(Noun)

    A woman whose husband is often away pursuing a sport, etc.

  3. widow(Noun)

    A single line of type that ends a paragraph, carried over to the next page or column.

  4. widow(Noun)

    type of venomous spider, of the genus Latrodectus

  5. widow(Verb)

    To make a widow (or widower) of someone; to cause the death of one's spouse.

  6. Origin: From widewe, from widuwōn.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Widow(noun)

    a woman who has lost her husband by death, and has not married again; one living bereaved of a husband

  2. Widow(adj)


  3. Widow(verb)

    to reduce to the condition of a widow; to bereave of a husband; -- rarely used except in the past participle

  4. Widow(verb)

    to deprive of one who is loved; to strip of anything beloved or highly esteemed; to make desolate or bare; to bereave

  5. Widow(verb)

    to endow with a widow's right

  6. Widow(verb)

    to become, or survive as, the widow of

  7. Origin: [OE. widewe, widwe, AS. weoduwe, widuwe, wuduwe; akin to OFries. widwe, OS. widowa, D. weduwe, G. wittwe, witwe, OHG. wituwa, witawa, Goth. widuw, Russ. udova, OIr. fedb, W. gweddw, L. vidua, Skr. vidhav; and probably to Skr. vidh to be empty, to lack; cf. Gr. "hi`qeos a bachelor. 248. Cf. Vidual.]


  1. Widow

    A widow is a woman whose spouse has died, while a widower is a man whose spouse has died. The state of having lost one's spouse to death is termed widowhood. This term can be used for either sex, at least according to some dictionaries, but the word widowerhood is also listed in some dictionaries. Occasionally, the word viduity is used. The adjective form for either sex is widowed. The treatment of widows around the world varies, but unequal benefits and treatment generally received by widows versus widowers globally has spurred an interest in the issue by human rights activists.

The Foolish Dictionary, by Gideon Wurdz

  1. WIDOW

    The wife of a golfer during the open season, unless she golfs, too. In that event the children are golf orphans.

British National Corpus

  1. Nouns Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'Widow' in Nouns Frequency: #1830

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