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.]
The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition copyright ©2015 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.
The American Heritage Dictionary Blog
Check out our blog, updated regularly, for new words and revised definitions, interesting images from the 5th edition, discussions of usage, and more.
American Heritage Dictionary Products
The American Heritage Dictionary, 5th Edition
The American Heritage Dictionary of Idioms
The American Heritage Roget's Thesaurus
Curious George's Dictionary
The American Heritage Children's Dictionary
The American Heritage Dictionary of Indo-European Roots
The American Heritage Student Grammar Dictionary
The American Heritage Desk Dictionary + Thesaurus
The American Heritage Science Dictionary
The American Heritage Dictionary of Business Terms
The American Heritage Student Dictionary
The American Heritage Essential Student Thesaurus