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husband

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noun hus·band \ˈhəz-bənd\

Simple Definition of husband

  • : a married man : the man someone is married to

Source: Merriam-Webster's Learner's Dictionary

Full Definition of husband

  1. 1 :  a male partner in a marriage

  2. 2 British :  manager, steward

  3. 3 :  a frugal manager

husbandly

adjective

Examples of husband in a sentence

  1. Have you met her husband?

  2. <she and her husband just celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary>



Origin and Etymology of husband

Middle English husbonde, from Old English hūsbonda master of a house, from Old Norse hūsbōndi, from hūs house + bōndi householder; akin to Old Norse būa to inhabit; akin to Old English būan to dwell — more at bower


First Known Use: 13th century


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husband

verb hus·band

Simple Definition of husband

  • : to carefully use or manage (something, such as a resource)

Source: Merriam-Webster's Learner's Dictionary

Full Definition of husband

  1. transitive verb
  2. 1 a :  to manage prudently and economically b :  to use sparingly :  conserve

  3. 2 archaic :  to find a husband for :  mate

husbander

noun

Examples of husband in a sentence

  1. The country has husbanded its resources well.

  2. <husband our natural resources so that our children and grandchildren may benefit from them>



15th Century

First Known Use of husband

15th century



HUSBAND Defined for Kids

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husband

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noun hus·band \ˈhəz-bənd\

Definition of husband for Students

  1. :  a male partner in a marriage




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husband

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verb hus·band

Definition of husband for Students

husbanded

husbanding

  1. :  to manage with thrift :  use carefully <I've learned to husband my money.>





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