[ wid-oh-hood ]

  1. 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 widuwewidow + -hād-hood

Words Nearby widowhood

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How to use widowhood in a sentence

  • Soon adultery becomes the most respectable form of marriage, and widowhood and celibacy are commonly practised.

  • In the first months of her widowhood therefore her whole attitude was reversed.

    History of the English People | John Richard Green
  • By the order of September 1911 twenty years of widowhood cleanse from alien pollution.

    Workhouse Characters | Margaret Wynne Nevinson