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feme covert

[kuhv-ert]
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noun, plural femes covert. Law.
  1. a married woman.
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Origin of feme covert

1520–30; < Anglo-French: covered (protected) woman
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British Dictionary definitions for feme covert

feme covert

noun
  1. law a married woman
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Word Origin

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

n.

"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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