feme covert

feme covert

noun, plural femes covert. Law.
a married woman.

1520–30; < Anglo-French: covered (protected) woman

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feme covert
law a married woman
[C16: from Anglo-French: a covered woman, one protected by marriage]

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feme covert
"married woman" (legalese), c.1600, from Fr., from O.Fr. feme coverte, second element fem. of covert "covered." Contrasted to feme sole.
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