What does Widow mean?

Definitions for Widow
ˈwɪd oʊWid·ow

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. widow, widow womanverb

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

  2. widowverb

    cause to be without a spouse

    "The war widowed many women in the former Yugoslavia"

Wiktionary

  1. widownoun

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

  2. widownoun

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

  3. widownoun

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

  4. widownoun

    type of venomous spider, of the genus Latrodectus

  5. widowverb

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

  6. Etymology: From widewe, from widuwōn.

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. WIDOWnoun

    A woman whose husband is dead.

    Etymology: widwa , Sax. weduwe, Dutch; weddw, Welsh; vidua, Latin.

    To take the widow,
    Exasperates, makes mad her sister Gonerill. William Shakespeare.

    Catharine no more
    Shall be call’d queen; but princess dowager,
    And widow to prince Arthur. William Shakespeare, Hen. VIII.

    Our fatherless distress was left unmoan’d,
    Your widow-dolours likewise be unwept. William Shakespeare, Richard III.

    And will she yet debase her eyes on me,
    That cropt the golden prime of this sweet prince,
    And made her widow to a woeful bed. William Shakespeare.

    The barren they more miserable make,
    And from the widow all her comfort take. George Sandys.

    He warns the widow, and her houshold gods
    To seek a refuge in remote abodes. Dryden.

    Who has the paternal power whilst the widow-queen is with child. John Locke.

  2. To Widowverb

    Etymology: from widow.

    In this city he
    Hath widow’d and unchilded many a one,
    Which to this hour bewail the injury. William Shakespeare, Coriolanus.

    Poor ropes you are beguil’d;
    Both you and I; for Romeo is exil’d:
    He made you for a high way to my bed,
    But I, a maid, die maiden widowed. William Shakespeare.

    Thy little care to mend my widow’d nights,
    Has forc’d me to recourse of marriage rites,
    To fill an empty side. Dryden.

    For his possessions,
    Although by confiscation they are ours,
    We do instate and widow you withal,
    To buy you a better husband. William Shakespeare.

    The widow’d isle in mourning
    Dries up her tears. Dryden.

    For him you waste in tears your widow’d hours. Dryden.

    Inclement weather and frosty blasts deface
    The blithsome year, trees of their shrivel’d fruits
    Are widow’d, dreary storms o’er all prevail. Philips.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Widownoun

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

  2. Widowadjective

    widowed

  3. Widowverb

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

  4. Widowverb

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

  5. Widowverb

    to endow with a widow's right

  6. Widowverb

    to become, or survive as, the widow of

  7. Etymology: [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.]

Freebase

  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.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Widow

    wid′ō, n. a woman who has lost her husband by death.—v.t. to bereave of a husband: to strip of anything valued: (Shak.) to endow with a widow's right: to be widow to.—ns. Wid′ow-bench, a widow's share of her husband's estate besides her jointure; Wid′ow-bewitched′, a grass-widow; Wid′ow-bird, a corruption of Whydah-bird; Wid′ower, a man whose wife is dead; Wid′owerhood; Wid′owhood, state of being a widow, or (rarely) of being a widower: (Shak.) a widow's right; Wid′ow-hun′ter, one who seeks to marry a widow for her money; Wid′ow-mā′ker, one who bereaves women of their husbands; Wid′ow's-cham′ber, the apparel and bedroom furniture of the widow of a London freeman, to which she was entitled; Wid′ow-wail, a dwarf shrub with pink, sweet-scented flowers, native to Spain and southern France.—Widow's lawn, a fine thin muslin; Widow's man, a fictitious person; Widow's silk, a silk fabric with dull surface, for mournings; Widow's weeds, the mourning dress of a widow. [A.S. widwe, wuduwe; Ger. wittwe, L. vidua, bereft of a husband, Sans. vidhavā.]

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.

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British National Corpus

  1. Nouns Frequency

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

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Numerology

  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of Widow in Chaldean Numerology is: 6

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of Widow in Pythagorean Numerology is: 2

Examples of Widow in a Sentence

  1. Julian Fellowes:

    [Society] could turn a blind eye to a widow having an affair.

  2. Greg Fischer:

    Muhammad Ali belonged to the world, but Muhammad Ali only had one hometown, and fortunately, that is our great city of Louisville, muhammad Ali became one of the most well-known people to ever walk the Earth and has left a legacy of humanitarianism and athleticism that has inspired billions of people. TRUMP FLOATS POSSIBILITY OF PARDONING MUHAMMAD ALI Alis widow, Muhammad Ali, said in a news release from the board that she is proud of the name change. She said that although Muhammad Ali was a.

  3. John Berlinski:

    It's no secret that Disney is releasing films like Black Widow directly onto Disney + to increase subscribers and thereby boost the company's stock price — and that it's hiding behind Covid-19 as a pretext to do so, but ignoring the contracts of the artists responsible for the success of its films in furtherance of this short-sighted strategy violates their rights and we look forward to proving as much in court.

  4. Debi Ganim:

    I became a widow 29 years ago, and I got remarried to [Mike] 19 years ago, i don’t want to be a widow again.

  5. Charles Lichtman:

    We believe that justice was not done here, our client is a 78-year-old widow, whose UBS broker put all of her money into one investment.

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