feme sole

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

1520–30; < Anglo-French

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feme sole
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
[C16: from Anglo-French: a woman alone]

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