widow's walk

a platform or walk atop a roof, as on certain coastal New England houses of the 18th and early 19th centuries: often used as a lookout for incoming ships.

1935–40, Americanism

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Example sentences
Once he said remembering how she'd kissed him on the widow's walk that night
  was driving him insane.
The attic was expanded through the addition of dormers and a cupola replaced
  the old widow's walk.
Unusual features of the house include the full cellar and the widow's walk on
  top of the house.
The house is covered by a low pitch roof topped by a widow's walk.
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