1. A woman whose spouse has died and who has not remarried.
2. Informal A woman whose spouse is often away pursuing a sport or hobby.
3. An additional hand of cards dealt face down in some card games, to be used by the highest bidder. Also called kitty1.
a. A single, usually short line of type, as one ending a paragraph, carried over to the top of the next page or column.
b. A short line of type at the bottom of a page, column, or paragraph.
tr.v. wid·owed, wid·ow·ing, wid·ows
To make a widow or widower of.
[Middle English widewe, from Old English widuwe.]
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