Widow - definition, pronunciation, transcription

Amer.  |ˈwɪdoʊ|  American pronunciation of the word widow
Brit.  |ˈwɪdəʊ|  British pronunciation of the word widow


- a woman whose husband is dead especially one who has not remarried


- cause to be without a spouse


an elderly widow who was attacked and robbed last month

The war widowed many women in the former Yugoslavia

...the widow's pet cats provided her with her only companionship...

...the widow plied her suitor with dainties and endless glasses of sherry...

...the young widow remarried with what was regarded as immoderate haste by most observers...

...lorn beyond all description, the widow struggled to cope with her crushing grief...

His widow was dressed in mourning.

...the kind words brought a little solace to the grieving widow...

...the soldier's widow continued to sorrow long after her husband's last letter had turned yellow with age...

A widow with a brood of daughters.

He tried to hook a well-off widow.

The widow broke down in tears, but her daughters maintained their composure.

A widow, she is the sole provider (=the only one) for her family.

He hadn't been dead five minutes before those vultures from the media were after his widow.

...the military's explanation of the accident did nothing to console the anguished widow...

Word forms

singular: widow
plural: widows
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