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wid·ow

 (wĭd′ō)
n.
1. A woman whose spouse has died and who has not remarried.
2. Informal A woman whose spouse is often away pursuing a sport or hobby.
3. An additional hand of cards dealt face down in some card games, to be used by the highest bidder. Also called kitty1.
4. Printing
a. A single, usually short line of type, as one ending a paragraph, carried over to the top of the next page or column.
b. A short line of type at the bottom of a page, column, or paragraph.
tr.v. wid·owed, wid·ow·ing, wid·ows
To make a widow or widower of.

[Middle English widewe, from Old English widuwe.]

widow

(ˈwɪdəʊ)
n
1. (Law) a woman who has survived her spouse, esp one who has not remarried
2. (usually with a modifier) informal a woman whose spouse is often away from home indulging in a sport, etc: a golf widow.
3. (Printing, Lithography & Bookbinding) printing a short line at the end of a paragraph, esp one that occurs as the top line of a page or column. Compare orphan3
4. (Card Games) (in some card games) an additional hand or set of cards exposed on the table
vb (tr; usually passive)
5. to cause to become a widow or a widower
6. to deprive of something valued or desirable
[Old English widuwe; related to German Witwe, Latin vidua (feminine of viduus deprived), Sanskrit vidhavā]
ˈwidowhood n

wid•ow

(ˈwɪd oʊ)

n.
1. a woman who has lost her husband by death and has not remarried.
2. (in cards) an additional hand or part of a hand, as one dealt to the table.
3.
a. a short last line of a paragraph, esp. one less than half of the full measure or one consisting of only a single word.
b. (esp. in word processing) the last line of a paragraph when it is carried over to the top of the following page. Compare orphan (def. 4).
4. a woman often left alone because her husband devotes his free time to a hobby or sport: a golf widow.
v.t.
5. to make (someone) a widow.
6. to deprive of anything cherished or needed.
7. Obs. to survive as the widow of.
[before 900; Middle English wid(e)we, Old English widuwe, wydewe, c. Old Saxon widowa, Old High German wituwa, Gothic widuwo, Latin vidua, Skt vidhavā]

widow

widower
1. 'widow'

You say that a woman is a widow when her husband has died and she has not married again.

I had been a widow for five years.

When a man has died, you can refer to his wife as his widow.

His property had been left to his widow.
He visited the widow of an old school friend.
2. 'widower'

You say that a man is a widower when his wife has died and he has not married again.

He's a widower in his late forties.

When a woman has died, you can refer to her husband as her widower.

Ten years later her widower remarried.
The ceremony was attended by the widower of the Pulitzer Prize-winning author Carol Shields.

widow


Past participle: widowed
Gerund: widowing

Imperative
widow
widow
Present
I widow
you widow
he/she/it widows
we widow
you widow
they widow
Preterite
I widowed
you widowed
he/she/it widowed
we widowed
you widowed
they widowed
Present Continuous
I am widowing
you are widowing
he/she/it is widowing
we are widowing
you are widowing
they are widowing
Present Perfect
I have widowed
you have widowed
he/she/it has widowed
we have widowed
you have widowed
they have widowed
Past Continuous
I was widowing
you were widowing
he/she/it was widowing
we were widowing
you were widowing
they were widowing
Past Perfect
I had widowed
you had widowed
he/she/it had widowed
we had widowed
you had widowed
they had widowed
Future
I will widow
you will widow
he/she/it will widow
we will widow
you will widow
they will widow
Future Perfect
I will have widowed
you will have widowed
he/she/it will have widowed
we will have widowed
you will have widowed
they will have widowed
Future Continuous
I will be widowing
you will be widowing
he/she/it will be widowing
we will be widowing
you will be widowing
they will be widowing
Present Perfect Continuous
I have been widowing
you have been widowing
he/she/it has been widowing
we have been widowing
you have been widowing
they have been widowing
Future Perfect Continuous
I will have been widowing
you will have been widowing
he/she/it will have been widowing
we will have been widowing
you will have been widowing
they will have been widowing
Past Perfect Continuous
I had been widowing
you had been widowing
he/she/it had been widowing
we had been widowing
you had been widowing
they had been widowing
Conditional
I would widow
you would widow
he/she/it would widow
we would widow
you would widow
they would widow
Past Conditional
I would have widowed
you would have widowed
he/she/it would have widowed
we would have widowed
you would have widowed
they would have widowed
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.widow - a woman whose husband is dead especially one who has not remarriedwidow - a woman whose husband is dead especially one who has not remarried
dowager - a widow holding property received from her deceased husband
war widow - a woman whose husband has died in war
adult female, woman - an adult female person (as opposed to a man); "the woman kept house while the man hunted"
Verb1.widow - cause to be without a spouse; "The war widowed many women in the former Yugoslavia"
leave behind, leave - be survived by after one's death; "He left six children"; "At her death, she left behind her husband and 11 cats"
Translations
أَرْمَلَةأرْمَلَهتَتَرَمَّل
vdova
enkeblive enke
vidvino
lesk
leskileskinainen
udovicaudova
özvegyözvegyasszonymegözvegyül
ekkja
未亡人
과부
našlėnašlyspadaryti našlepadaryti našliu
atraitnekļūt/padarīt par atraitni
ovdovieťvdova
vdova
änka
แม่หม้าย
duldul kadındul kalmak
bà góa

widow

[ˈwɪdəʊ]
A. N
1.viuda f
to be left a widowquedar viuda, enviudar
Widow Newson (archaic) → la viuda de Newson
widow's pensionviudedad f, pensión f de viudedad
2. (fig) I'm a golf widowpaso mucho tiempo sola mientras mi marido juega al golf
all the cricket widows got together for teatodas las mujeres cuyos maridos estaban jugando al críquet se reunieron para tomar el té
B. VT to be widowedenviudar, quedar viudo/a
she was twice widowedha enviudado dos veces, quedó viuda dos veces
she has been widowed for five yearsenviudó hace cinco años, quedó viuda hace cinco años
C. CPD widow's peak Npico m de viuda

widow

[ˈwɪdəʊ] nveuve f
She's a widow → Elle est veuve.

widow

n
Witwe f; to be left a widowals Witwe zurückbleiben; golf widow (hum)Golfwitwe f ? also grass widow
(Typ) → Hurenkind nt
vtzur Witwe/zum Witwer machen; she was twice widowedsie ist zweimal verwitwet

widow

[ˈwɪdəʊ]
1. nvedova
to be left a widow → restare vedova
she is a golf widow (hum) → è una vedova del gioco del golf
widow's peak → attaccatura dei capelli a forma di V (sulla fronte)
2. vt to be widowedrestare vedovo/a

widow

(ˈwidəu) noun
a woman whose husband is dead. My brother's widow has married again.
verb
to cause to become a widow or widower. She/He was widowed in 1943.
ˈwidower noun
a man whose wife is dead.

widow

أَرْمَلَة vdova enke Witwe χήρα viuda leskinainen veuve udovica vedova 未亡人 과부 weduwe enke wdowa viúva вдова änka แม่หม้าย dul bà góa 寡妇

widow

n. viuda.

widow

n viuda
References in classic literature ?
Well, this was comfortable too; but even this was not all--for in the bar, seated at tea at the nicest possible little table, drawn close up before the brightest possible little fire, was a buxom widow of somewhere about eight-and-forty or thereabouts, with a face as comfortable as the bar, who was evidently the landlady of the house, and the supreme ruler over all these agreeable possessions.
Tom was fond of hot punch--I may venture to say he was VERY fond of hot punch--and after he had seen the vixenish mare well fed and well littered down, and had eaten every bit of the nice little hot dinner which the widow tossed up for him with her own hands, he just ordered a tumbler of it by way of experiment.
Aunt Polly -- Tom's Aunt Polly, she is -- and Mary, and the Widow Douglas is all told about in that book, which is mostly a true book, with some stretchers, as I said before.
The Widow Douglas she took me for her son, and allowed she would sivilize me; but it was rough living in the house all the time, considering how dismal regular and decent the widow was in all her ways; and so when I couldn't stand it no longer I lit out.
But that evening while returning to the camp he was met by the widow herself, who came weeping along the way.
The old widow threw herself on the ground and embraced his knees.
The widow was as complete a contrast to her third bridegroom, in everything but age, as can well be conceived.
My dear Celia," said Lady Chettam, "a widow must wear her mourning at least a year.
They who knew the Maypole story, and could remember what the widow was, before her husband's and his master's murder, understood it well.
A WIDOW weeping on her husband's grave was approached by an Engaging Gentleman who, in a respectful manner, assured her that he had long entertained for her the most tender feelings.
The Welshman admitted several ladies and gentlemen, among them the Widow Douglas, and noticed that groups of citizens were climbing up the hill -- to stare at the stile.
It was a proud occasion for the widow, and she promised herself high satisfaction in showing off her fine foreign birds before her neighbors and friends--simple folk who had hardly ever seen a foreigner of any kind, and never one of any distinction or style.