widow


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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.

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inquired the widow, rather puzzled by Tom's manner.
The widow looked much amazed, but she sat down, and Tom sat down too, close beside her.
The widow looked more puzzled than ever, and made an effort to rise.
IF--" "'Well," said the widow, laughing outright this time, "WHEN I do, I hope I shall have as good a husband as you describe.
I am sure nobody who knows him, knows anything bad of him," said the widow, bridling up at the mysterious air with which Tom had spoken.
The widow began to think it was high time to cry, so she took out her handkerchief, and inquired whether Tom wished to insult her, whether he thought it like a gentleman to take away the character of another gentleman behind his back, why, if he had got anything to say, he didn't say it to the man, like a man, instead of terrifying a poor weak woman in that way; and so forth.
inquired the widow, looking intently in Tom's countenance.
If it is, that he wants money," said the widow, "I know that already, and you needn't trouble yourself.
The widow rocked herself to and fro, and wrung her hands.
Tom Smart, in the energy of his compassion, had put his arm round the widow's waist; and the widow, in a passion of grief, had clasped Tom's hand.
I never could find out, gentlemen, whether Tom did or did not kiss the widow at that particular moment.
At all events, Tom kicked the very tall man out at the front door half an hour later, and married the widow a month after.