- a woman or wife.
Origin of feme
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Baron and feme we call husband and wife, and coverture we term marriage.The Book-Hunter
John Hill Burton
Baron and feme, a term used for husband and wife in English law.
But at such a stage in social evolution, it is impossible to accept the dominance of the unsupported female or 'feme sole.'Social Origins and Primal Law
The old technical phraseology described husband and wife as baron and feme; the rights of the husband were baronial rights.
There is indeed one case where the wife shall sue and be sued as a feme sole, viz.Commentaries on the Laws of England
- law a woman or wife
C16: from Anglo-French, ultimately from Latin fēmina woman
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