Definition of widow's walk in English:

widow's walk

Syllabification: wid·ow's walk

noun

North American
  • A railed or balustraded platform built on a roof, originally in early New England houses, typically for providing an unimpeded view of the sea.
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    • The rambling old beach house had a dozen or more rooms, attics, walk-in closets with hidden panels and a widow's walk that gave a view of the ocean.
    • Cupola domes and widow's walks sprout from the roofs of buildings, while ornate, old apartment blocks bear names like Haus Hohenzollern.
    • Diana vaguely remembered seeing the widow's walk, hanging like an afterthought on the front of the house close to the top, wrapped with a wrought iron railing.

Origin

1930s: with reference to its use as a viewpoint for the hoped-for return of a seafaring husband.

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