Definition of Grass widow

1. Noun. A divorced woman or a woman who is separated from her husband.

Exact synonyms: Divorcee
Generic synonyms: Adult Female, Woman
Specialized synonyms: Duchess Of Windsor, Mrs. Simpson, Simpson, Wallis Warfield Simpson, Wallis Warfield Windsor
Derivative terms: Divorce

Definition of Grass widow

1. Noun. An unmarried woman who has lived with several different men; a former mistress. (defdate from 16th c.) ¹

2. Noun. A married woman whose husband is away. (defdate from 19th c.) ¹

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Literary usage of Grass widow

Below you will find example usage of this term as found in modern and/or classical literature:

1. The Century Dictionary: An Encyclopedic Lexicon of the English Language by William Dwight Whitney (1889)
"Fosbroke, Cyc. of Antiquities. grass-widow (gras'wid'o), n. ... < Sw. gras, Dan. artes, grass, т Sw. enka, Dan. cuke, a widow, a grass-widow (def. 1); cf. ..."

2. Dramatic Criticism by James Thomas Grein (1904)
"SHAFTESBURY: "THE grass widow" A FARCE IN THREE ACTS. BY MADELINE LUCETTE RYLEY I JUNK 8, 1902 Axiom No. i.—A farce ceases to be farcical, yet becomes " a ..."

3. Handlingar (1903)
"E. grass-widow 1. (? f) 'an unmarried woman who has cohabited with one or ... Am. colloq. grass-widow 'a wife who has been separated from her husband or ..."

4. An American Glossary by Richard Hopwood Thornton (1912)
"grass widow, Widower. A grass widower is one who is for the time being without his ... Fourth verse of ' Ye grass widow ' : Knick. Mag., lix. 315 (March). ..."

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