widow

A widow is a woman whose husband has died. If your uncle dies, your aunt will become a widow.

If a person's spouse dies, that person is referred to as either a widow or — in the case of a man whose wife dies — a widower. In most cases, people stop using the word widow if the woman marries again. Back in the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries, it was common to use widow as a prefix to a woman's name, instead of "Mrs." The Indo-European root word of widow means "be empty."

Definitions of widow
1

n a woman whose husband is dead especially one who has not remarried

Synonyms:
widow woman
Types:
dowager
a widow holding property received from her deceased husband
war widow
a woman whose husband has died in war
Type of:
adult female, woman
an adult female person (as opposed to a man)

v cause to be without a spouse

“The war widowed many women in the former Yugoslavia”
Type of:
leave, leave behind
be survived by after one's death

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