coverture

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English[edit]

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Etymology[edit]

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

Noun[edit]

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
  3. Shelter, hiding place.
    • 1599, William Shakespeare, Much Ado About Nothing, Act 3 Scene 1
      URSULA. The pleasant'st angling is to see the fish
      Cut with her golden oars the silver stream,
      And greedily devour the treacherous bait:
      So angle we for Beatrice; who even now
      Is couched in the woodbine coverture.

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Old French[edit]

Etymology[edit]

covert +‎ -ure, from covrir (to cover).

Noun[edit]

coverture f (oblique plural covertures, nominative singular coverture, nominative plural covertures)

  1. covering; cover

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