- a cover or covering; shelter; concealment.
- Law. the status of a married woman considered as under the protection and authority of her husband.
Origin of coverture
Examples from the Web for coverture
It was plain he was troubled; plain too he was only waiting for the coverture of the house to speak.Weighed and Wanting
Baron and feme we call husband and wife, and coverture we term marriage.The Book-Hunter
John Hill Burton
Richard remained under this coverture while he was anointed.Richard II
A woman needed protection, or as the law of England has it, coverture.Judges and Ruth
Robert A. Watson
Tennessee removed the disability of married women arising from coverture.A Short History of Women's Rights
Eugene A. Hecker
- 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 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.