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.
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            Johnson clung to her memory during a widowhood of
            more than thirty years.               --Leslie
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   2. Estate settled on a widow. [Obs.] "I 'll assure her of her
      widowhood . . . in all my lands." --Shak.
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