- a married woman.
Origin of feme covert
1520–30; < Anglo-French: covered (protected) woman
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- law a married woman
C16: from Anglo-French: a covered woman, one protected by marriage
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Word Origin and History for feme covert
"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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