- a short last line of a paragraph, especially one less than half of the full measure or one consisting of only a single word.
- 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).
verb (used with object), wid·owed, wid·ow·ing.
- to endow with a widow's right.
- to survive as the widow of.
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Origin of widow
OTHER WORDS FROM widowwid·ow·ly, adjectiveun·wid·owed, adjective
WORDS THAT MAY BE CONFUSED WITH widowwidow , widower
Words nearby widow
Example sentences from the Web for widow
Since becoming a widow, Mahira has been living alone with her children in a small village in Mewat, Haryana.
Mel Kahn, a Florida widower, asked for the property tax exemption that state law allowed only to widows.
Ginsburg represented widower Stephen Wiesenfeld in challenging a Social Security Act provision that provided parental benefits only to widows with minor children.
Thanks to a new, substantially funded initiative led by his widow, Denise Bradley-Tyson, and the American Heart Association, Bernard Tyson’s work and message have been given an afterlife.Bernard Tyson’s profound impact continues even after his death—through a new social investment fund|cleaf2013|September 16, 2020|Fortune
Benedict’s husband would die of a heart attack—which also allowed her, as a widow, to move toward a tenured professorship at Columbia, something denied to married women at the time.Gender Is What You Make of It - Issue 88: Love & Sex|Charles King|August 5, 2020|Nautilus
That was accomplished by cops such as the one whose picture was clutched so tightly by his widow on Sunday.
Marjorie Wilkes Huntley was a New Age feminist, a widow, and a librarian.Wonder Woman’s Creation Story Is Wilder Than You Could Ever Imagine|Tom Arnold-Forster|November 3, 2014|DAILY BEAST
The truth is likely closer to what the widow told The Daily Beast in late July.
The results would aid in the criminal investigation surrounding the widow, who stands accused of elder abuse.Invasion of the Celebrity Body Snatchers, From Charlie Chaplin to Casey Kasem|Melissa Leon|July 19, 2014|DAILY BEAST
Last year, his widow and his brother pulled 150 of them for posthumous publication, with a plan to release eight to 10 per year.The Drunken Downfall of Evangelical America's Favorite Painter|Zac Bissonnette|June 8, 2014|DAILY BEAST
I have already explained to Lawrence and Basswood that it is a mistake, and that the widow will be paid all that is due her.Dave Porter and the Runaways|Edward Stratemeyer
Wasn't that the young man who married the Widow Finkelstein?'The Grandchildren of the Ghetto|Israel Zangwill
When she became a widow she resumed her place with renewed power.Gordon Keith|Thomas Nelson Page
The widow's hands were clasped and her eyes wandered vacantly from one to the other of her strange visitors.Choice Readings for the Home Circle|Anonymous
The great question now was whether they could approach the widow and her daughter otherwise than through Serjeant Bluestone.Lady Anna|Anthony Trollope
British Dictionary definitions for widow
verb (tr; usually passive)
Derived forms of widowwidowhood, noun
Word Origin for widow
Idioms and Phrases with widow
see grass widow.