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from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th 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.
  • transitive v. To make a widow or widower of.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. A woman whose husband has died (and has not re-married); feminine of widower.
  • n. 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. 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. To make a widow (or widower) of someone; to cause the death of one's spouse.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. A woman who has lost her husband by death, and has not married again; one living bereaved of a husband.
  • n. 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.
  • transitive v. To reduce to the condition of a widow; to bereave of a husband; -- rarely used except in the past participle.
  • transitive v. To deprive of one who is loved; to strip of anything beloved or highly esteemed; to make desolate or bare; to bereave.
  • transitive v. To endow with a widow's right.
  • transitive v. To become, or survive as, the widow of.

from The 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.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. a woman whose husband is dead especially one who has not remarried
  • v. cause to be without a spouse

Etymologies

Middle English widewe, from Old English widuwe.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Old English widewe ("widow"), from Proto-Germanic *widuwōn, from Proto-Indo-European *h₁widʰéwh₂. Cognate with Latin vidua, French veuve. (Wiktionary)

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