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.

Johnson clung to her memory during a widowhood of more than thirty years. Leslie Stephen.

2.

Estate settled on a widow.

[Obs.] "I 'll assure her of her widowhood . . . in all my lands."

Shak.

 

© Webster 1913.

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