nounLaw , historical
A married woman.
- Yet legal terms and procedures were also expected to respect a married woman's special status as a feme covert, a covered woman.
- However, a London custom from the Middle Ages let women trade as individuals, converting the wife of a freeman ‘from the servile status of feme covert into feme sole merchant’ with the legal rights of an independent trader.
- It would not be advisable to select a feme covert as trustee.
Early 16th century: from Anglo-Norman French, literally 'a woman covered (i.e. protected by marriage)'.
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