the state or a period of being a widow or, sometimes, a widower.

before 900; Middle English wid(e)wehood, Old English widuwanhād, equivalent to widuwan, genitive singular of widuwe widow + -hād -hood

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widow (ˈwɪdəʊ)
1.  a woman who has survived her husband, esp one who has not remarried
2.  informal (usually with a modifier) a woman whose husband frequently leaves her alone while he indulges in a sport, etc: a golf widow
3.  printing Compare orphan a short line at the end of a paragraph, esp one that occurs as the top line of a page or column
4.  (in some card games) an additional hand or set of cards exposed on the table
5.  to cause to become a widow
6.  to deprive of something valued or desirable
[Old English widuwe; related to German Witwe, Latin vidua (feminine of viduus deprived), Sanskrit vidhavā]

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Example sentences
Five of us have survived our husbands and the grief and trials of widowhood.
One-sixth of families in the world are affected by widowhood.
Her voice was deep and friendly, with a slight sound of widowhood in it.
Still, after several years of her widowhood he won't declare himself to her.
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