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Definition of "widow" []

  • A woman whose husband has died and who has not remarried. (noun)
  • Informal A woman whose husband is often away pursuing a sport or hobby. (noun)
  • An additional hand of cards dealt face down in some card games, to be used by the highest bidder. Also called kitty1. (noun)
  • Printing A single, usually short line of type, as one ending a paragraph, carried over to the top of the next page or column. (noun)
  • Printing A short line at the bottom of a page, column, or paragraph. (noun)

American Heritage(R) Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright (c) 2011 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

Use "widow" in a sentence
  • "Mr. Friendly came in, and the widow and he, were soon as delighted as Fanny could be; he asked the dear _widow_ to change her estate; -- she consented at once, and a kiss sealed her fate."
  • ""The name widow means ostracisation, which means all fault lies in the women," said Nighat Shafi Pandit, who founded the Help foundation to assist orphans and underprivileged women."
  • "I'm no longer a mother, I'm no longer a wife and I hate the word widow."