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widow

n. a woman whose husband died while she was married to him and has not since remarried. A divorced woman whose ex-husband dies is not a widow, except for the purpose of certain Social Security benefits traceable to the ex-husband.

widow

a woman who has survived her husband.

WIDOW. An unmarried woman whose husband is dead.
     2. In legal writings, widow is an addition given to a woman who is unmarried and whose husband is dead. The addition of spinster is given to a woman who never was married. Lovel. on Wills, 269. See Addition. As to the rights of a widow, seq Dower.

References in classic literature ?
So he reigned in the room of Laius, and espoused the widowed queen.
Nancy had never "worked out" before; but a sick mother suddenly widowed and left with three younger children besides Nancy herself, had forced the girl into doing something toward their support, and she had been so pleased when she found a place in the kitchen of the great house on the hill--Nancy had come from "The Corners," six miles away, and she knew Miss Polly Harrington only as the mistress of the old Harrington homestead, and one of the wealthiest residents of the town.
A day came--of almost terrified delight and wonder--when the poor widowed girl pressed a child upon her breast--a child, with the eyes of George who was gone--a little boy, as beautiful as a cherub.
She was living under the care of a widowed sister of the late Sir John Verinder--one Mrs.
The first sense of security following on Winnie's marriage wore off in time (for nothing lasts), and Mrs Verloc's mother, in the seclusion of the back bedroom, had recalled the teaching of that experience which the world impresses upon a widowed woman.
And now, Ishmael," resumed his conquering wife, "in order to keep a quiet family and to smother all heart-burnings between us, show yonder Red-skin and his daughter," pointing to the aged Le Balafre and the widowed Tachechana, "the way to their village, and let us say to them --God bless you, and farewell, in the same breath
31, 2015 /PRNewswire/ -- At 44, Robyn Dykstra had already been divorced from an abusive husband and widowed twice.
WIDOWED of Harborne will well wonder at the logic of widows' pensions.
Even if women left no first-hand accounts, thanks to the deftness with which Bradbury writes their stories we can extrapolate and imagine their grief (or in some cases their relief) upon being widowed.
At such times of violence and upheaval, many relatively young women find themselves suddenly widowed and victimized.
Interestingly, it is a practice in conservative families of West Bengal to shun widows and to persuade or even force them to live a "sacred widowed life dedicated to the service of God".