Definition of feme sole in English:

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feme sole

Pronunciation: /fiːm ˈsəʊl/
(also femme sole)


Law , historical
A woman without a husband, especially one that is divorced.
Example sentences
  • In Kempe's case, the failed brewery would have had economic repercussions, from which her husband was legally exempt if she operated as a femme sole.
  • McDowell details the position of the feme sole in the book trade.
  • Single women enjoyed the legal status of femme sole, giving them the right to own property in their own names and to make contracts.


Early 16th century: from Anglo-Norman French feme soule 'a woman alone'.

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