American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- n. A woman whose husband has died and who has not remarried.
- n. Informal A woman whose husband is often away pursuing a sport or hobby.
- n. An additional hand of cards dealt face down in some card games, to be used by the highest bidder. Also called kitty1.
- n. Printing A single, usually short line of type, as one ending a paragraph, carried over to the top of the next page or column.
- n. Printing A short line at the bottom of a page, column, or paragraph.
- v. To make a widow or widower of.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A woman who has lost her husband by death, In the early church, widows formed a separate class or order, whose duties were devotion and the care of the orphans, the sick, and prisoners.
- n. A European geometrid moth, Cidaria luctuata, more fully called mourning widow: an English collectors' name.
- n. In some cardgames, an additional hand dealt to the table, sometimes face up, sometimes not.
- To reduce to the condition of a widow; bereave of a husband or mate: commonly in the past participle.
- To endow with a widow's right.
- Figuratively, to deprive of anything regarded as analogous to a husband; bereave: sometimes with of.
- To survive as the widow of; be widow to.
- n. A whidah-bird.
- n. A woman whose husband has died (and has not re-married); feminine of widower.
- n. informal, in combination A woman whose husband is often away pursuing a sport, etc.
- n. An additional hand of cards dealt face down in some card games, to be used by the highest bidder.
- n. printing A single line of type that ends a paragraph, carried over to the next page or column.
- n. type of venomous spider, of the genus Latrodectus
- v. transitive To make a widow (or widower) of someone; to cause the death of one's spouse.
GNU Webster's 1913
- n. A woman who has lost her husband by death, and has not married again; one living bereaved of a husband.
- n. (Card Playing) In various games (such as “hearts”), any extra hand or part of a hand, as one dealt to the table. It may be taken by one of the players under certain circumstances.
- adj. Widowed.
- v. To reduce to the condition of a widow; to bereave of a husband; -- rarely used except in the past participle.
- v. To deprive of one who is loved; to strip of anything beloved or highly esteemed; to make desolate or bare; to bereave.
- v. rare To endow with a widow's right.
- v. obsolete To become, or survive as, the widow of.
- n. a woman whose husband is dead especially one who has not remarried
- v. cause to be without a spouse
- From Old English widewe ("widow"), from Proto-Germanic *widuwōn, from Proto-Indo-European *h₁widʰéwh₂. Cognate with Latin vidua, French veuve. (Wiktionary)
- Middle English widewe, from Old English widuwe. (American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
“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.”
“And you know how you see people, Larry, who walk and they've got what you call a widow's hump?”
“We have sent you out" and then the cable launches out into an inventory of the forces entrusted to me which, though very detailed, is yet largely based on what we call the widow's cruse principle.”
“It's not that big of a deal," he says, "but people see the word 'widow' in a name and freak out completely.”
“Accidental Identity, and the word "widow" and widowhood as a kind of club nobody chooses to join -- and my own arrogance in thinking I am/was special in my resistance to the word or its imposed meaning.”
“We've seen a few of what we call widow makers, dangling branches," said Virgil Taylor, a Fort Worth Parks Department worker.”
“Simunition and air-soft type practice, followed up by a letter from the department to the "widow" is needed.”
“In 1847, while at Council Bluffs, Brigham sealed me to three women in one night, viz., eleventh, Nancy Armstrong (she was what we called a widow, that is, she had left her first husband in”
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