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widow

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/ ˈwɪd oʊ /
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noun
a woman who has lost her spouse by death and has not remarried.
Cards. an additional hand or part of a hand, as one dealt to the table.
Printing.
  1. a short last line of a paragraph, especially one less than half of the full measure or one consisting of only a single word.
  2. the last line of a paragraph when it is carried over to the top of the following page away from the rest of the paragraph.Compare orphan (def. 4).
a woman often left alone because her husband devotes his free time to a hobby or sport (used in combination).Compare golf widow.
verb (used with object), wid·owed, wid·ow·ing.

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Origin of widow

First recorded before 900; (noun) Middle English wid(e)we, Old English widuwe, wydewe; cognate with German Witwe, Gothic widuwo, Latin vidua (feminine of viduus “bereaved”), Sanskrit vidhavā “widow”; (verb) Middle English, derivative of the noun

OTHER WORDS FROM widow

wid·ow·ly, adjective

WORDS THAT MAY BE CONFUSED WITH widow

widow , widower
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British Dictionary definitions for widow

widow
/ (ˈwɪdəʊ) /

noun
a woman who has survived her husband, esp one who has not remarried
(usually with a modifier) informal a woman whose husband frequently leaves her alone while he indulges in a sport, etca golf widow
printing a short line at the end of a paragraph, esp one that occurs as the top line of a page or columnCompare orphan (def. 3)
(in some card games) an additional hand or set of cards exposed on the table
verb (tr; usually passive)
to cause to become a widow or a widower
to deprive of something valued or desirable

Derived forms of widow

widowhood, noun

Word Origin for widow

Old English widuwe; related to German Witwe, Latin vidua (feminine of viduus deprived), Sanskrit vidhavā
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Other Idioms and Phrases with widow

widow

see grass widow.

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