Synonyms for merry widow

Grammar : Noun

Définition of merry widow

Origin :
  • 1907, from the English title of Franz Lehar's operetta "Die Lustige Witwe" (1905). "The Lusty Widow" would have been more etymological (see lust (n.)), but would have given the wrong impression in English. Meaning "a type of wide-brimmed hat" (popularized in the play) is attested from 1908.
  • As in queen dowager : noun widow of a king
Example sentences :
  • In this he proved correct, for the Merry Widow girl could sing, and she could also act.
  • Extract from : « To Love » by Margaret Peterson
  • Housman then asked her to sing a song from The Merry Widow, which she did.
  • Extract from : « Passing By » by Maurice Baring
  • The Merry Widow gave the gang the wink, said Iky, cynically.
  • Extract from : « Droll Stories of Isthmian Life » by Evelyn Saxton
  • Some one suggests that it must have been a Merry Widow hat, but that's jesting, of course.
  • Extract from : « The Patient Observer » by Simeon Strunsky
  • You're doing the Merry Widow act while the old man's not looking.
  • Extract from : « Golden Stories » by Various
  • He pointed out that this would be the last time they could listen to the strains of the "Merry Widow Waltz."
  • Extract from : « The Nature Faker » by Richard Harding Davis
  • It gets down to the plane of pure and sparkling idiocy that the world admires in, say, "The Merry Widow."
  • Extract from : « Purcell » by John F. Runciman
  • As the eavesdropper slid to a seat a phonograph in front began the Merry Widow waltz.
  • Extract from : « Crooked Trails and Straight » by William MacLeod Raine
  • It was an imported piece of the “Merry Widow” type, and everyone enjoyed it to the utmost.
  • Extract from : « Dorothy's Triumph » by Evelyn Raymond
  • "I think your description of Mrs. Halton as the merry widow is a particularly unfortunate one," remarked Lindfield.
  • Extract from : « Daisy's Aunt » by E. F. (Edward Frederic) Benson

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