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The Merry Widow

Music: Franz Lehár Libretto: Victor Léon and Leon Stein, based on the comedy by Henri Meilhac Premiere: Vienna, December 28, 1905 Joyful m…

The Devil's Dictionary: Widow

by Ambrose Bierce WHITEWINEWIDOW -n. A pathetic figure that the Christian world has agreed to take humorously, although Christ's tenderness towards widows was one of the most marked features…

Last Civil War Widows

The last-known Union widow, Gertrude Janeway, died in Jan. 2003 in Tennessee. John Janeway joined the Union army in 1864 and was briefly a POW at Andersonville. The couple married in 1927, a…

The Widow of St. Pierre

Director:Patrice LeconteWriter:Claude FaraldoLions Gate Films; R; 108 minutesRelease:3/01Cast:Juliette Binoche, Daniel Auteuil, Emir Kusturica French director Patrice Leconte believes in inevi…

Brewer's: Widow Bird

A corruption of Whydaw bird. So called from the country of Whydaw, in Western Africa. The blunder is perpetuated in the scientific name given to the gen…

Brewer's: Widow's Cap

This was a Roman custom. Widows were obliged to wear “weeds” for ten months. (Seneca: Epistles, lxv.) Source: Dictionary of Phras…

Brewer's: Widow's Piano

Inferior instruments sold as bargains; so called from the ordinary advertisement announcing that a widow lady is compelled to sell her piano, for which …

Brewer's: Widow

(See Grass Widow.) Widow (in Hudibras). The relict of Aminadab Wilmer or Willmot, an Independent, slain at Edgehill. She…

Brewer's: Grass Widow

was anciently an unmarried woman who has had a child, but now the word is used for a wife temporarily parted from her husband. The word means a grace widow, a widow by courtesy. (In French,…

Brewer's: Widow's Port

A wine sold for port, but of quite a different family. As a widow retains her husband's name after her husband is taken away, so this mixture of potato …