A widow is a woman whose spouse or significant other has died, while a widower is a man whose spouse or significant other has died. The state of having lost one's spouse to death is termed widowhood or occasionally viduity. The adjective form is widowed. The treatment of widows around the world varies, but unequal benefits and treatment generally received by widows versus widowers globally has spurred an interest in the issue by human rights activists.

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Famous quotes containing the word widow:

    Nae living man I’ll love again,
    Since that my lovely knight is slain.
    Wi ae lock of his yellow hair
    I’ll chain my heart for evermair.
    —Unknown. The Lament of the Border Widow (l. 25–28)

    The report reflects incredibly terrible judgments, shockingly sparse concern for human life, instances of officials lacking the courage to exercise the responsibilities of their high office and some very bewildering thought processes.
    Jane Jarrell Smith, U.S. widow of American astronaut Michael J. Smith. As quoted in Newsweek magazine, p. 13 (June 30, 1986)

    Jesus: Senor, the widow Gomez delivered a son this morning, a boy.
    Guthrie McCabe: Bully for the widow Gomez.
    Jesus: But Senor, it has been more than a year ago since Senor Antonio Gomez has been buried in the church house.
    McCabe: Well, there’s some men y’a just can’t trust to stay where you put ‘em.
    Frank S. Nugent (1908–1965)