[ kuhv-er-cher ]
/ ˈkʌv ər tʃər /


a cover or covering; shelter; concealment.
Law. the status of a married woman considered as under the protection and authority of her husband.

Nearby words

  1. covert,
  2. covert action,
  3. covert cloth,
  4. covert coat,
  5. covert sensitization,
  6. covet,
  7. coveted,
  8. covetous,
  9. covey,
  10. covilhã

Origin of coverture

1175–1225; Middle English < Anglo-French, Old French. See covert, -ure Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for coverture


/ (ˈkʌvətʃə) /


law the condition or status of a married woman considered as being under the protection and influence of her husband
rare shelter, concealment, or disguise

Word Origin for coverture

C13: from Old French, from covert covered; see covert

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Word Origin and History for coverture



early 13c., earliest reference is to bedcovers, from Old French coverture (12c.) "blanket; roof; concealment," from Latin *coopertura, from past participle stem of cooperire "to cover" (see cover (v.)). Most modern senses had evolved by mid-15c.

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