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Definition of Widow

(noun) An individual whose spouse is dead, especially one who has not remarried.

Widow Pronunciation

Pronunciation Usage Guide

Syllabification: wid·ow

Audio Pronunciation

– American English
– British English

Phonetic Spelling

  • American English – /wId-oh/
  • British English – /wId-oh/

International Phonetic Alphabet

  • American English – /ˈwɪdoʊ/
  • British English – /ˈwɪdəʊ/

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Cite the Definition of Widow

ASA – American Sociological Association (5th edition)

Bell, Kenton, ed. 2015. “widow.” In Open Education Sociology Dictionary. Retrieved October 22, 2020 (https://sociologydictionary.org/widow/).

APA – American Psychological Association (6th edition)

widow. (2015). In K. Bell (Ed.), Open education sociology dictionary. Retrieved from https://sociologydictionary.org/widow/

Chicago/Turabian: Author-Date – Chicago Manual of Style (16th edition)

Bell, Kenton, ed. 2015. “widow.” In Open Education Sociology Dictionary. Accessed October 22, 2020. https://sociologydictionary.org/widow/.

MLA – Modern Language Association (7th edition)

“widow.” Open Education Sociology Dictionary. Ed. Kenton Bell. 2015. Web. 22 Oct. 2020. <https://sociologydictionary.org/widow/>.