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widow woman

noun, Older Use.
a widow.
Also called widow lady.
Origin of widow woman
1605-15 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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  • "I wish I was like Cousin Leonora, born a widow-woman," she remarked, regarding the doubtful future askance.

    The Storm Centre Charles Egbert Craddock
  • The boy said that she was a widow-woman, who had got no husband, because he was dead.

    Wessex Tales Thomas Hardy
  • My father was a hind on the Milton farm, and my mother is aye loot keep the house, now that shes a widow-woman.

    Merkland Mrs. Oliphant
  • Mrs. Treloar was a widow-woman with a bit of property—just comfortable, as times go.

    Cornish Saints and Sinners J. Henry Harris
  • widow-woman and widow-man; are used for widow and widower, especially in Ulster: but widow-woman is heard everywhere.

  • Leaving Tewkesbury, we passed to Warwick, where in the evening we had a meeting with many sober people at a widow-woman's house.

    George Fox George Fox
  • I got a sister living there—Sarah Treleaven her name is—a widow-woman, and sells fish.

    News from the Duchy Sir Arthur Thomas Quiller-Couch
  • He lived as a lodger at the house of a widow-woman, and was a great humorist in all parts of his life.

    Essays and Tales Joseph Addison
British Dictionary definitions for widow-woman

widow woman

(archaic or dialect) another term for widow (sense 1)
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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