Definition of widow noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



BrE BrE//ˈwɪdəʊ//
; NAmE NAmE//ˈwɪdoʊ//
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a woman whose husband has died and who has not married again She gets a widow’s pension. Wordfindercare home, dementia, frail, geriatric, mobility, the old, pensioner, retire, sprightly, widow Word OriginOld English widewe, from an Indo-European root meaning ‘be empty’; compare with Sanskrit vidh ‘be destitute’, Latin viduus ‘bereft, widowed’, and Greek ēitheos ‘unmarried man’.
See the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary entry: widow