Widow

Definition of Widow

Wid´ow   Pronunciation: wĭd´ô
n.1.A woman who has lost her husband by death, and has not married again; one living bereaved of a husband.
2.(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.
Grass widow
See under Grass.
Widow bewitched
a woman separated from her husband; a grass widow.
Widow-in-mourning
(Zool.) the macavahu.
Widow monkey
(Zool.) a small South American monkey (Callithrix lugens); - so called on account of its color, which is black except the dull whitish arms, neck, and face, and a ring of pure white around the face.
Widow's chamber
(Eng. Law) in London, the apparel and furniture of the bedchamber of the widow of a freeman, to which she was formerly entitled.
a.1.Widowed.
v. t.1.To reduce to the condition of a widow; to bereave of a husband; - rarely used except in the past participle.
Though in thus city he
Hath widowed and unchilded many a one,
Which to this hour bewail the injury.
- Shak.
2.To deprive of one who is loved; to strip of anything beloved or highly esteemed; to make desolate or bare; to bereave.
The widowed isle, in mourning,
Dries up her tears.
- Dryden.
Tress of their shriveled fruits
Are widowed, dreary storms o'er all prevail.
- J. Philips.
3.To endow with a widow's right.
4.To become, or survive as, the widow of.
Let me be married to three kings in a forenoon, and widow
them all.
- Shak.

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leave, leave behind, widow woman
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