Some one suggests that it must have been a merry widow hat, but that's jesting, of course.
Housman then asked her to sing a song from The merry widow, which she did.
"I think your description of Mrs. Halton as the merry widow is a particularly unfortunate one," remarked Lindfield.
You're doing the merry widow act while the old man's not looking.
It was an imported piece of the “merry widow” type, and everyone enjoyed it to the utmost.
He pointed out that this would be the last time they could listen to the strains of the "merry widow Waltz."
In this he proved correct, for the merry widow girl could sing, and she could also act.
It gets down to the plane of pure and sparkling idiocy that the world admires in, say, "The merry widow."
As the eavesdropper slid to a seat a phonograph in front began the merry widow waltz.
The merry widow gave the gang the wink, said Iky, cynically.
1907, from the English title of Franz Lehar's operetta "Die Lustige Witwe" (1905). "The Lusty Widow" would have been more etymological (see lust (n.)), but would have given the wrong impression in English. Meaning "a type of wide-brimmed hat" (popularized in the play) is attested from 1908.