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From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:
Widowhood \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. [1913 Webster] Johnson clung to her memory during a widowhood of more than thirty years. --Leslie Stephen. [1913 Webster] 2. Estate settled on a widow. [Obs.] "I 'll assure her of her widowhood . . . in all my lands." --Shak. [1913 Webster]