Meaning of “widow” in the English Dictionary

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"widow" in British English

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widownoun [ C ]

uk /ˈwɪd.əʊ/ us /ˈwɪd.oʊ/

B2 a woman whose husband or wife has died and who has not married again

fishing/football/golf widow informal humorous

a woman whose partner is often not at home because he or she is fishing or playing football or golf

Examples

  • He had some mercenary scheme to marry a wealthy widow.
  • There once was a poor widow who had a beautiful daughter.
  • It's a bloody disgrace that some war widows don't get a decent pension.
  • A traditional Indian custom used to involve widows burning themselves alive on their husbands' funeral pyres.
  • She is a member of a benevolent society for sailors' widows.

widowverb [ T usually passive ]

uk /ˈwɪd.əʊ/ us /ˈwɪd.oʊ/

(Definition of “widow” from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"widow" in American English

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widownoun [ C ]

us /ˈwɪd·oʊ/

a woman whose husband has died and who has not married again

(Definition of “widow” from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)