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feme covert (fem KOV-uhrt) noun, plural femes covert
A married woman.
[From Anglo-French feme covert, from feme (woman) + covert (protected).]
A feme covert is not the feminine equivalent of 007. Rather, it's a legal term to describe a married woman, one who is covered or protected by a husband. Some have interpreted the term literally to indicate a woman covered by a veil. The opposite of this is feme sole, a single woman, whether divorced, widowed, or never married.
"She had already defeated other complainants by claiming that she was
feme covert, married 'to one Markham.'"
"Than ladies-errant, unconfin'd,
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