- 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.
- 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.
verb[with object] (usually as adjective widowed)
- 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.
Widow is descended from an ancient root meaning ‘to be empty’, which may also the source of divide. A grass widow is now a woman whose husband is away often or for a prolonged period, but originally it was an unmarried woman who had been the mistress of more than one man: the term may have come from the idea of a couple having lain on the grass instead of in bed. Widow's weeds dating from the early 18th century was expressed earlier as mourning weeds: here weeds is in the obsolete general sense ‘garments’ from Old English wǣd(e).
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