Definitions from Black's Law Dictionary: 2nd Edition and Ballentine's Law Dictionary as are available for each term in each dictionary.
  • Black's Law Dictionary: 2nd Edition

    L. Fr. A woman. In the phrase "baron et feme" (q. v.) the word has the sense of "wife."
    —Feme covert. A married woman. Generally used in reference to the legni disabilities of a married woman, as compared with the condition of a feme sole. Hoker v. Boggs, 63 111. 161
    —Feme sole. A single woman, including those who have been married, but whose marriage has been dissolved by death or divorce, and, for most purposes, those women who are judicially separated from their husbands. Mozley & Whitley ; 2 Steph. Comm. 250. Kirk-ley v. Lacey, 7 Houst. (Del.) 213, 30 Ali. 994.
    —Feme sole trader. In English law. A married woman, who, by the custom of London, trades on her own account, independently of her husband; so called because, with respect to her trading, she is the same as a feme sole. Jacob; Cro. Car. 68. The term la applied alse to women deserted by their husbands, who do business as femes sole. Rhea v. Rhenner, 1 Pet. 105, 7 In Ed. 72.