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[kuhv-er-cher] /ˈkʌv ər tʃər/
a cover or covering; shelter; concealment.
Law. the status of a married woman considered as under the protection and authority of her husband.
1175-1225; Middle English < Anglo-French, Old French. See covert, -ure Unabridged
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Examples from the web for coverture
  • In many areas, the laws of coverture have been wiped off the books, but their legacy in practice remains.
  • For whatever reason, the debate has settled around the coverture laws of the period.
  • If you were married for a portion of your teaching career, a coverture fraction may be calculated.
  • They use tempering machines to melt the coverture chocolate and keep it at a precise temperature.
British Dictionary definitions for coverture


(law) the condition or status of a married woman considered as being under the protection and influence of her husband
(rare) shelter, concealment, or disguise
Word Origin
C13: from Old French, from covert covered; see covert
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Word Origin and History for coverture

early 13c., earliest reference is to bedcovers, from Old French coverture (12c.) "blanket; roof; concealment," from Latin *coopertura, from past participle stem of cooperire "to cover" (see cover (v.)). Most modern senses had evolved by mid-15c.

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