Definitions

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.

Etymologies

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)

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