feme sole

noun, plural femes sole. Law.
  1. an unmarried woman, whether never married, widowed, or divorced.
  2. a married woman who is independent of her husband with respect to property.

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
  1. a single woman, whether spinster, widow, or divorcee
  2. 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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