[ kuhv-ert ]
/ ˈkʌv ərt /
noun, plural femes covert. Law.
a married woman.
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- female suffrage,
- feme sole,
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Origin of feme covert
1520–30; < Anglo-French: covered (protected) woman
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law a married woman
Word Origin for feme covert
C16: from Anglo-French: a covered woman, one protected by marriage
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012
"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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