One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
Law. Of a woman: not covert; having no husband. Compare "sole". Now rare.
Late Middle English (in an earlier sense). From Anglo-Norman descuvert, Anglo-Norman and Law French descovert, Middle French descouvert (French découvert) (adjective) uncovered, exposed, (of a woman) unmarried, (noun) the state of being uncovered or unprotected, uses as adjective and noun of the past participle of descovrir, descouvrir, descuvrir discover.
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