feme sole

[ sohl ]
/ soʊl /

noun, plural femes sole. Law.

an unmarried woman, whether never married, widowed, or divorced.
a married woman who is independent of her husband with respect to property.

Nearby words

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

Origin of feme sole

Borrowed into English from Anglo-French around 1520–30

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British Dictionary definitions for feme sole

feme sole

noun law

a single woman, whether spinster, widow, or divorcee
a woman whose marriage has been annulled or is otherwise independent of her husband, as by owning her own property

Word Origin for feme sole

C16: from Anglo-French: a woman alone

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