From Middle English, borrowed from Old French coverture, from covrir (“to cover”) or from Late Latin coopertura. Doublet of couverture.
coverture (countable and uncountable, plural covertures)
- (law, historical) 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.
- Alternative spelling of couverture
- 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.