- 1A woman who has lost her husband by death and has not remarried.More example sentences
- On her husband's death, a widow usually foresees a life full of harassment and humiliation.
- The right of action for wrongful death given by statute for the benefit of a widow for the death of her husband has been held not to be divested by her subsequent marriage.
- Upon the death of the husband, the widow generally stays on the land, but only if she pays the sub-headman.
- 1.1 [with modifier] • humorous A woman whose husband is often away participating in a specified sport or activity: a golf widowMore example sentences
- I sneakily bought some good tickets months ago and they are coming into play to thank her for being such a good rugby widow sport during this world cup.
- The agony aunt's first quest is to help golf widow Joy to persuade husband Martin to spend more time with her and their three children.
- Last Monday, I told my girlfriends at work that this whole football widow business was driving me crazy.
- 2 Printing A last word or short last line of a paragraph falling at the top of a page or column and considered undesirable.More example sentences
- So I saved the space by killing all the widow lines; I could cut a word and save a line. The next day I couldn't bear to read my own words.
verb[with object] (usually as adjective widowed) Back to top
- Make into a widow or widower: she had to care for her widowed motherMore example sentences
- At the moment, the group is small and comprises people who are divorced, separated or widowed.
- Minus One is a social support group for separated, widowed or divorced people.
- Life Loan is available to married couples, partners and single or widowed people.
Old English widewe, from an Indo-European root meaning 'be empty'; compare with Sanskrit vidh 'be destitute', Latin viduus 'bereft, widowed', and Greek ēitheos 'unmarried man'.
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