Definition of feme sole in English:

feme sole

(also femme sole)

noun

Law
historical
  • A woman without a husband, especially one that is divorced.

    • ‘McDowell details the position of the feme sole in the book trade.’
    • ‘In Kempe's case, the failed brewery would have had economic repercussions, from which her husband was legally exempt if she operated as a femme sole.’
    • ‘Single women enjoyed the legal status of femme sole, giving them the right to own property in their own names and to make contracts.’

Origin

Early 16th century: from Anglo-Norman French feme soule ‘a woman alone’.

Pronunciation

feme sole

/fiːm ˈsəʊl/