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[wid-oh-hoo d] /ˈwɪd oʊˌhʊd/
the state or a period of being a widow or, sometimes, a widower.
Origin of widowhood
before 900; Middle English wid(e)wehood, Old English widuwanhād, equivalent to widuwan, genitive singular of widuwe widow + -hād -hood Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
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  • But if he loved her he would have mentioned her with affection, if only to console her in her widowhood.

    The Man Shakespeare Frank Harris
  • The cruel law of widowhood had begun to do its work in them.

    Lotus Buds

    Amy Carmichael
  • How was it that she had not seen that her duty, the pride of her widowhood, was there?

    The Nabob Alphonse Daudet
  • They pitied the bereavement to which widowhood in the most cruel of forms was now added.

  • In the first year of her widowhood she had first met Langham; she was then twenty-one.

    A Young Man in a Hurry Robert W. Chambers
  • And now, in the third year of her widowhood, he offered her his dog!

    A Young Man in a Hurry Robert W. Chambers
  • She can never remarry, no matter how young she may be at the beginning of her widowhood.

    A Tour of the Missions

    Augustus Hopkins Strong
  • Do we not all know of women who in widowhood take care of their families?

  • How could she have failed to understand that that should be the duty, the pride of her widowhood?

    The Nabob, Vol. 2 (of 2) Alphonse Daudet

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