feme covert

[ kuhv-ert ]
/ ˈkʌv ərt /

noun, plural femes covert. Law.

a married woman.

Nearby words

  1. female rhyme,
  2. female suffrage,
  3. female-to-male,
  4. femaleness,
  5. feme,
  6. feme sole,
  7. feme-sole trader,
  8. femic,
  9. femicide,
  10. feminacy

Origin of feme covert

1520–30; < Anglo-French: covered (protected) woman

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British Dictionary definitions for feme covert

feme covert

noun

law a married woman

Word Origin for feme covert

C16: from Anglo-French: a covered woman, one protected by marriage

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Word Origin and History for feme covert

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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