© 2022 Elsevier B.V.In this manuscript, PbWO4 single crystals having great importance for device applications were studied in terms of linear and nonlinear optical properties. For this purpose, transmission and reflection experiments were performed in the wavelength range of 350–1000 nm. X-ray diffraction analysis presented crystalline structure as scheelite type tetragonal. Spectral dependencies of absorption coefficient, skin depth, refractive index, dielectric function were reported. Optical band gap of the crystal was estimated as 3.25 eV from the Tauc and derivative spectral methods. Urbach, critical point, single oscillator and dispersion energies, static refractive index and dielectric constant were revealed for PbWO4 single crystal. First- and third-order nonlinear susceptibilities, and nonlinear refractive index were also computed for the studied crystal.