widowhood

[ wid-oh-hoo d ]
/ ˈwɪd oʊˌhʊd /

noun

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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