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Meaning of WIDOW

Pronunciation:  'widow

WordNet Dictionary
  1. [n]  a woman whose husband is dead especially one who has not remarried
  2. [v]  cause to be without a spouse; "The war widowed many women in the former Yugoslavia"

WIDOW is a 5 letter word that starts with W.


 Synonyms: widow woman
 See Also: adult female, dowager, leave, leave behind, war widow, woman



Webster's 1913 Dictionary
  1. \Wid"ow\, n. (Card Playing)
    In various games, any extra hand or part of a hand, as one
    dealt to the table.
  2. \Wid"ow\, n. [OE. widewe, widwe, AS. weoduwe, widuwe,
    wuduwe; akin to OFries. widwe, OS. widowa, D. weduwe, G.
    wittwe, witwe, OHG. wituwa, witawa, Goth. widuw?, Russ.
    udova, OIr. fedb, W. gweddw, L. vidua, Skr. vidhav[=a]; and
    probably to Skr. vidh to be empty, to lack; cf. Gr. ? a
    bachelor. ????. Cf. {Vidual}.]
    A woman who has lost her husband by death, and has not
    married again; one living bereaved of a husband. ``A poor
    widow.'' --Chaucer.
    {Grass widow}. See under {Grass}.
    {Widow bewitched}, a woman separated from her husband; a
       grass widow. [Colloq.]
    {Widow-in-mourning} (Zo["o]l.), the macavahu.
    {Widow monkey} (Zo["o]l.), 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.
  3. \Wid"ow\, a.
    Widowed. ``A widow woman.'' --1 Kings xvii. 9. ``This widow
    lady.'' --Shak.
  4. \Wid"ow\, v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Widowed}; p. pr. & vb. n.
    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.
    2. To deprive of one who is loved; to strip of anything
       beloved or highly esteemed; to make desolate or bare; to
             The widowed isle, in mourning, Dries up her tears.
             Tress of their shriveled fruits Are widowed, dreary
             storms o'er all prevail.              --J. Philips.
             Mourn, widowed queen; forgotten Sion, mourn.
    3. To endow with a widow's right. [R.] --Shak.
    4. To become, or survive as, the widow of. [Obs.]
             Let me be married to three kings in a forenoon, and
             widow them all.                       --Shak.
Dream Dictionary
 Definition: Dreaming that you are a widow, represents loneliness. You may be feeling isolated and/or abandoned.