Widow


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Widow

A woman whose husband has died. In many countries, widows are eligible for certain state benefits. Widows generally receive at least a portion of their husband's pension or other retirement plan. Likewise, a man whose wife has died is called a widower.

Widow

A woman who has not remarried following the death of her husband.
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'"If it is, that he wants money," said the widow, "I know that already, and you needn't trouble yourself."
'"Oh, dear, what can it be?" exclaimed the poor widow.
'"I will," replied Tom Smart; and, with these words, he placed the letter in the widow's hand.
'Gentlemen, I have heard my uncle say, that Tom Smart said the widow's lamentations when she heard the disclosure would have pierced a heart of stone.
'"Oh, the deception and villainy of the man!" said the widow.
'"Oh, I can't compose myself," shrieked the widow. "I shall never find anyone else I can love so much!"
'"Oh, yes you will, my dear soul," said Tom Smart, letting fall a shower of the largest-sized tears, in pity for the widow's misfortunes.
'I never could find out, gentlemen, whether Tom did or did not kiss the widow at that particular moment.
'At all events, Tom kicked the very tall man out at the front door half an hour later, and married the widow a month after.
Christine - whose husband PC Lewis Fulton was stabbed to death while answering a 999 call in Glasgow's Gorbals in 1994 - has been forced to choose between getting married again or keeping her widow's pension.
FILMSTAR- turned- Bharatiya Janata Party MP Hema Malini has courted controversy after she remarked that the widows from eastern states of West Bengal and Bihar should not be crowding the holy town of Vrindavan.