- 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.
- widow bird,
- widow woman,
- widow's benefit,
- widow's cruse,
- widow's mite
Origin of widow
Examples from the Web for widow
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
verb (tr; usually passive)
Word Origin for widow
Old English widewe, widuwe, from Proto-Germanic *widewo (cf. Old Saxon widowa, Old Frisian widwe, Middle Dutch, Dutch weduwe, Dutch weeuw, Old High German wituwa, German Witwe, Gothic widuwo), from PIE adj. *widhewo (cf. Sanskrit vidhuh "lonely, solitary," vidhava "widow;" Avestan vithava, Latin vidua, Old Church Slavonic vidova, Russian vdova, Old Irish fedb, Welsh guedeu "widow;" Persian beva, Greek eitheos "unmarried man;" Latin viduus "bereft, void"), from root *weidh- "to separate" (cf. second element in Latin di-videre "to divide;" see with).
As a prefix to a name, attested from 1570s. Meaning "short line of type" (especially at the top of a column) is 1904 print shop slang. Widow's mite is from Mark xii:43. Widow's peak is from the belief that hair growing to a point on the forehead is an omen of early widowhood, suggestive of the "peak" of a widow's hood. Widow maker "anything lethally dangerous" first recorded 1945, originally among loggers, in reference to dead trees, etc. The widow bird (1747) so-called in reference to the long black tail feathers of the males, suggestive of widows' veils.
c.1300; see widow (n.). Related: Widowed; widowing.
see grass widow.