|1.||a woman divorced, separated, or living away from her spouse|
|2.||a woman whose spouse is regularly away for short periods|
|[C16, meaning a discarded mistress: perhaps an allusion to a grass bed as representing an illicit relationship; compare |
A woman who is separated from her husband, either by divorce or temporary absence. For example, She's a grass widow these days, with Herb traveling to golf tournaments all over the country. The expression dates from the 16th century, when it referred to the mother of an illegitimate child, grass presumably alluding to the open-air setting of the child's conception.