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feme covert

[kuhv-ert] /ˈkʌv ərt/
noun, plural femes covert. Law.
a married woman.
Origin of feme covert
1520-30; < Anglo-French: covered (protected) woman Unabridged
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feme covert

(law) a married woman
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C16: from Anglo-French: a covered woman, one protected by marriage
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Word Origin and History for feme covert

"married woman" (legalese), c.1600, French, from Old French feme coverte, second element fem. of covert "covered." Contrasted to feme sole.

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