noun Date: before 12th century 1. the fact or state of being a widow 2. the period during which a woman remains a widow 3. widowerhood

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  • Widowhood — Wid ow*hood, n. 1. The state of being a widow; the time during which a woman is widow; also, rarely, the state of being a widower. [1913 Webster] Johnson clung to her memory during a widowhood of more than thirty years. Leslie Stephen. [1913… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • widowhood — ► NOUN ▪ the state or period of being a widow or widower …   English terms dictionary

  • widowhood — [[t]wɪ̱doʊhʊd[/t]] N UNCOUNT Widowhood is the state of being a widow or widower, or the period of time during which someone is a widow or widower. Nothing can prepare you for the shock and grief of widowhood …   English dictionary

  • widowhood — The state or condition of being a widow, or, sometimes, a widower. An estate is sometimes settled upon a woman during widowhood, which is expressed in Latin, durante viduitate …   Black's law dictionary

  • widowhood — /wid oh hood /, n. the state or a period of being a widow or, sometimes, a widower. [bef. 900; ME wid(e)wehood, OE widuwanhad, equiv. to widuwan, gen. sing. of widuwe WIDOW + had HOOD] * * * …   Universalium

  • widowhood — noun The state or period of being a widow or widower …   Wiktionary

  • widowhood — вдовство …   Термины гендерных исследований

  • widowhood — wid|ow|hood [ˈwıdəuhud US dou ] n [U] the state of being a widow or widower …   Dictionary of contemporary English

  • widowhood — wid|ow|hood [ wıdou,hud ] noun uncount the state of being a WIDOW or widower …   Usage of the words and phrases in modern English

  • widowhood — wid·ow·hood || wɪdəʊhÊŠd n. state of being a widow, condition of being a woman whose husband has died …   English contemporary dictionary

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