Wid"ow*hood (?), n.
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.
Estate settled on a widow.
[Obs.] "I 'll assure her of her widowhood
. . . in all my lands."
© Webster 1913.