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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.
Origin of coverture
1175-1225; Middle English < Anglo-French, Old French. See covert, -ure Unabridged
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Examples from the Web for coverture
Historical Examples
  • Married women are hereby emancipated from all disabilities on account of coverture.

  • It was plain he was troubled; plain too he was only waiting for the coverture of the house to speak.

    Weighed and Wanting George MacDonald
  • A woman needed protection, or as the law of England has it, coverture.

    Judges and Ruth Robert A. Watson
  • Richard remained under this coverture while he was anointed.

    Richard II Jacob Abbott
  • Baron and feme we call husband and wife, and coverture we term marriage.

    The Book-Hunter John Hill Burton
  • Sholto felt nervously for his sword and cleared it instinctively of the coverture in which he was wrapped.

    The Black Douglas S. R. Crockett
  • Tennessee removed the disability of married women arising from coverture.

  • The counterpane, or "coverture de parade," was of the curtain material.

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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