Coverture

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English

Etymology

From Middle English < Old French coverture, from covrir (to cover)

Noun

Coverture (plural Covertures)
  1. (law) A common law doctrine developed in England during the Middle Ages, whereby a woman's legal existence, upon marriage, was subsumed by that of her husband, particularly with regard to ownership of property and protection.
  2. Alternative spelling of couverture.

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Old French

Etymology

covert, from covrir (to cover)

Noun

Coverture f. (oblique plural Covertures, nominative singular Coverture, nominative plural Covertures)

  1. covering; cover
    sanz coverture fu la sele, (Perceval ou le conte du Graal, Christian of Troyes )
    The saddle was without a cover.

Descendants

vi:coverture zh:coverture

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