Cov"er*ture (k?v"?r-t?r; 135), n. [OF. coverture,F.couverture.]

1.

Covering; shelter; defence; hiding.

Protected by walls or other like coverture. Woodward.

Beatrice, who even now Is couched in the woodbine coverture. Shak.

2. Law

The condition of a woman during marriage, because she is considered under the cover, influence, power, and protection of her husband, and therefore called a feme covert, or femme couverte.

 

© Webster 1913.

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