widow's quarantine


widow's quarantine
See quarantine.

Ballentine's law dictionary. . 1998.

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  • widow's quarantine — noun : quarantine 1 …   Useful english dictionary

  • Quarantine — Quar an*tine, n. [F. quarantaine, OF. quaranteine, fr. F. quarante forty, L. quadraginta, akin to quattuor four, and E. four: cf. It. quarantina, quarentine. See {Four}, and cf. {Quadragesima}.] 1. A space of forty days; used of Lent. [1913… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Quarantine flag — Quarantine Quar an*tine, n. [F. quarantaine, OF. quaranteine, fr. F. quarante forty, L. quadraginta, akin to quattuor four, and E. four: cf. It. quarantina, quarentine. See {Four}, and cf. {Quadragesima}.] 1. A space of forty days; used of Lent.… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • quarantine — ► NOUN ▪ a state or period of isolation for people or animals that have arrived from elsewhere or been exposed to contagious disease. ► VERB ▪ put in quarantine. ORIGIN originally denoting a period of forty days during which a widow who was… …   English terms dictionary

  • quarantine — (n.) 1520s, period of 40 days in which a widow has the right to remain in her dead husband s house. Earlier (15c.), desert in which Christ fasted for 40 days, from L. quadraginta forty, related to quattuor four (see FOUR (Cf. four)). Sense of… …   Etymology dictionary

  • quarantine — 1. noun /ˈkwɒɹ.ən.tiːn,ˈkwɒɹ.ən.taɪn,ˈkwɑɹ.ən.tin,ˈkwɔɹ.ən.tin/ a) A desert in which Christ fasted for 40 days according to the Bible b) A grace period of 40 days during which a widow has the right to remain in her dead husbands home, regardless… …   Wiktionary

  • quarantine — [17] Quarantine denotes etymologically a period of ‘forty’ days. It goes back ultimately to Latin quadrāgintā ‘forty’, whose Italian descendant quaranta formed the basis of the noun quarantina ‘period of forty days’. English used it originally… …   The Hutchinson dictionary of word origins

  • quarantine — A period of time during which a vessel, coming from a place where a contagious or infectious disease is prevalent, is detained by authority in the harbor of her port of destination, or at a station near it, without being permitted to land or to… …   Black's law dictionary

  • widow right — noun : a widow s right (as dower, quarantine, or statutory share) in her deceased husband s estate …   Useful english dictionary

  • quarantine —    a military blockade    Originally, the period of forty (quarante) days in which a widow might stay in her deceased husband s house, whence any period of isolation against disease etc. J. F. Kennedy used the phrase of the 1962 blockade of Cuba …   How not to say what you mean: A dictionary of euphemisms


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