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A legitimate child; a child born in wedlock. "mulier puisne"noun a younger child born in wedlock to parents who produced before their marriage an illegitimate child subsequently legitimized by that marriage; also Anglicized as "mulier youngest".
Late Middle English (in an earlier sense). From Anglo-Norman mulieré, muyleré of legitimate birth and Old French moilleré legitimized from Anglo-Norman mulier and Old French moillier woman, wife + -é. Compare post-classical Latin mulieratus legitimate, married, Middle French moillerois legitimate.
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