a woman who is separated, divorced, or lives apart from her husband.
a woman whose husband is away from home frequently or for a long time, as on business or to pursue a sport or hobby.
a discarded mistress.
a woman who has borne an illegitimate child.
- grass·wid·ow·hood, noun
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How to use grass widow in a sentence
Samuel could not imagine his grass-widow, Mrs. De Ferriac, causing any very righteous blows on her own account.Flappers and Philosophers | F. Scott Fitzgerald
It was very kind of him, of course, but I wish he would let me alone, and send his old flowers to the grass widow.Polly the Pagan | Isabel Anderson
But she did not fancy Simla in the season as a grass-widow, and had had quite enough of being alone.Forty-one years in India | Frederick Sleigh Roberts
In weeding, the beer gardener should be careful to distinguish between true widow's weeds and grass widow's weeds.The Foolish Almanak | Anonymous
So the grass widow is back in Rome, and Peppi, you say, is cocking his eye at her?Polly the Pagan | Isabel Anderson
British Dictionary definitions for grass widow
a woman divorced, separated, or living away from her spouse
a woman whose spouse is regularly away for short periods
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Other Idioms and Phrases with grass widow
A woman who is separated from her husband, either by divorce or temporary absence. For example, She's a grass widow these days, with Herb traveling to golf tournaments all over the country. The expression dates from the 16th century, when it referred to the mother of an illegitimate child, grass presumably alluding to the open-air setting of the child's conception.
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