from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. Law A single woman, whether divorced, widowed, or never married.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. A single woman, whether unmarried, spinster, widow or divorcee.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. a single or unmarried woman; a woman who has never been married, or who has been divorced, or whose husband is dead.
Anglo-Norman feme soule : feme, woman + soule, single.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Anglo-Norman feme ("woman") sole ("alone"). (Wiktionary)