coverture

[kuhv-er-cher]
noun
1.
a cover or covering; shelter; concealment.
2.
Law. the status of a married woman considered as under the protection and authority of her husband.

Origin:
1175–1225; Middle English < Anglo-French, Old French. See covert, -ure

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coverture (ˈkʌvətʃə)
 
n
1.  law the condition or status of a married woman considered as being under the protection and influence of her husband
2.  rare shelter, concealment, or disguise
 
[C13: from Old French, from covert covered; see covert]

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coverture
early 13c., earliest ref. is to bedcovers, from O.Fr. coverture (12c.), from L. *coopertura, from p.p. stem of cooperire "to cover" (see cover). Most modern senses had evolved by mid-15c.
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Example sentences
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.
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