Definition of coverture in English:


Line breaks: cov¦er|ture
Pronunciation: /ˈkʌvətjʊə


  • 1 [mass noun] literary Protective or concealing covering.
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    • With a lucid discussion of the constraints of coverture, Cott undercuts such symbolism and outlines the ironies which underlay.
    • Secondly, it allows us to view a world beyond coverture and crime which has consumed so much scholarly energy in recent years.
    • They attacked suddenly and skilfully using natural covertures, destroy our positions one after another by the direct fire.
  • 2 Law , • historical The legal status of a married woman, considered to be under her husband’s protection and authority.
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    • A husband could make a special legal claim under coverture if his wife was injured in an accident.
    • Under coverture a married woman could not sue or be sued unless her husband was party to the suit.
    • Feminist reformers also challenged coverture by invoking equality.


Middle English (originally denoting a coverlet or garment): from Old French, from covrir 'to cover'.

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