widow

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Etymology[edit]

From Old English widewe or wuduwe or widuwe (widow), from Proto-Germanic *widuwǭ, from Proto-Indo-European *h₁widʰéwh₂. Cognate with Dutch weduwe, German Witwe, and also Latin vidua, French veuve, Bulgarian вдовица (vdovica).

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Noun[edit]

widow (plural widows)

  1. A woman whose husband has died (and who has not remarried); feminine of widower.
  2. (informal, in combination) A woman whose husband is often away pursuing a sport, etc.
  3. An additional hand of cards dealt face down in some card games, to be used by the highest bidder.
  4. (printing) A single line of type that ends a paragraph, carried over to the next page or column.
  5. A venomous spider, of the genus Latrodectus.

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Verb[edit]

widow (third-person singular simple present widows, present participle widowing, simple past and past participle widowed)

  1. (transitive) To make a widow (or widower) of someone; to cause the death of one's spouse.