[wid-oh-hoo d]


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 widuwe widow + -hād -hood
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  • But if he loved her he would have mentioned her with affection, if only to console her in her widowhood.

  • The cruel law of widowhood had begun to do its work in them.

    Lotus Buds

    Amy Carmichael

  • How was it that she had not seen that her duty, the pride of her widowhood, was there?

    The Nabob

    Alphonse Daudet

  • They pitied the bereavement to which widowhood in the most cruel of forms was now added.

  • In the first year of her widowhood she had first met Langham; she was then twenty-one.

    A Young Man in a Hurry

    Robert W. Chambers