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noun Law.
  1. a woman or wife.
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Origin of feme

1585–95; < Anglo-French, Old French fem(m)e < Latin fēmina woman; akin to fetus, fecund
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Historical Examples of feme

  • 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.'

  • 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.

British Dictionary definitions for feme


  1. law a woman or wife
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Word Origin for feme

C16: from Anglo-French, ultimately from Latin fēmina woman
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