Merry Widow

Merry Widow 1907, from the English title of Franz Lehar's operetta "Die Lustige Witwe" (1905). "The Lusty Widow" would have been more etymological (see LUST (Cf. 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.

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  • merry widow — n. [also M W ] a woman s undergarment combining a bra, often strapless, a corset ending just below the waist, and garters for stockings * * * …   Universalium

  • merry widow — n. [also M W ] a woman s undergarment combining a bra, often strapless, a corset ending just below the waist, and garters for stockings …   English World dictionary

  • merry widow — noun Usage: often capitalized M&W Etymology: The Merry Widow, operetta (1905) by Franz Lehár Date: 1952 a strapless corset or bustier usually having garters attached …   New Collegiate Dictionary

  • Merry widow — gvatemalinė našliažuvė statusas T sritis zoologija | vardynas taksono rangas rūšis atitikmenys: lot. Phallichthys amates angl. Merry widow rus. гватемальский фаллихт ryšiai: platesnis terminas – našliažuvės …   Žuvų pavadinimų žodynas

  • merry widow — /mɛri ˈwɪdoʊ/ (say meree widoh) noun 1. a woman who, after becoming a widow, sets out to enjoy life s pleasures. 2. a short, strapless corset with half cups for the breasts and long suspenders …   Australian English dictionary

  • Merry Widow — noun a strapless corset or bustier …   Wiktionary

  • merry widow — noun A strapless corset with long garters and half cups for the breasts …   Wiktionary

  • merry widow — noun Usage: often capitalized M&W : a strapless corset or bustier usually having garters attached …   Useful english dictionary

  • merry-widow cactus — Reichenbacho ežiažvakis statusas T sritis vardynas apibrėžtis Kaktusinių šeimos dekoratyvinis augalas (Echinocereus reichenbachii), paplitęs Šiaurės Amerikoje. atitikmenys: lot. Echinocereus reichenbachii angl. black lace cactus; Classen s… …   Lithuanian dictionary (lietuvių žodynas)

  • The Merry Widow — This article is about the Lehár operetta. For other uses, see The Merry Widow (disambiguation). Franz Lehár …   Wikipedia

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