from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. A covering; a shelter.
- n. The state of being concealed; disguise.
- n. Law The status of a married woman under common law.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. A common law doctrine developed in England during the Middle Ages, whereby a woman's legal existence, upon marriage, was subsumed by that of her husband, particularly with regard to ownership of property and protection.
- n. Alternative spelling of couverture.
- n. Shelter, hiding place.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. Covering; shelter; defense; hiding.
- n. The condition of a woman during marriage, because she is considered under the cover, influence, power, and protection of her husband, and therefore called a feme covert, or femme couverte.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A cover or covering.
- n. A covert or shelter; covering; protection; disguise; pretense.
- n. Specifically, in law, the status of a married woman considered as under the cover or power of her husband, and therefore called a feme covert.
Middle English, from Old French, from covert, covered; see covert.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Middle English, from Old French coverture, from covrir ("to cover") (Wiktionary)