Definition of feme covert in English:

feme covert


  • A married woman.

    • ‘It would not be advisable to select a feme covert as trustee.’
    • ‘Yet legal terms and procedures were also expected to respect a married woman's special status as a feme covert, a covered woman.’
    • ‘However, a London custom from the Middle Ages let women trade as individuals, converting the wife of a freeman ‘from the servile status of feme covert into feme sole merchant’ with the legal rights of an independent trader.’


Early 16th century: from Anglo-Norman French, literally a woman covered (i.e. protected by marriage).


feme covert

/fiːm ˈkʌvət/