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Commonly found among the partners of consultants and salespeople, a state of "temporary widowhood" caused by the work or work travel schedule of a significant other. A woman, married or in a relationship, who is often left alone on a regular basis for significant periods of time (multiple days), enough to seem to be single or without companionship.

Male version: Work Widower
With her husband's work schedule only allowing him to visit every other weekend, she was often know to refer to herself as a 'work widow'.
by MeganInMunich November 19, 2006