from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun A woman.
  • noun An unmarried woman, whether a spinster or a widow.
  • noun A married woman who with respect to property is as independent of her husband as if she were unmarried.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • noun (Old Law) A woman.
  • noun (Law) a married woman. See Covert, a., 3.
  • noun (Law) a single or unmarried woman; a woman who has never been married, or who has been divorced, or whose husband is dead.
  • noun (Eng. Law) a married woman, who, by the custom of London, engages in business on her own account, inpendently of her husband.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • noun law, historical A woman.


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  • Under the English common law of feme covert – which was also the law in Massachusetts – married women had no right to own property, and the personal property a married daughter inherited from her father immediately became the legal possession of her husband, who could exert full powers of ownership over it.

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