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hus·​band ˈhəz-bənd How to pronounce husband (audio)
: a male partner in a marriage
her husband of forty years
British : the manager of another's property : steward
: a frugal manager
speaks his whole mind gaily, and is not the cautious husband of a partW. B. Yeats
husbandly adjective


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husbanded; husbanding; husbands

transitive verb

: to manage prudently and economically
a country that has husbanded its resources well
: to use sparingly : conserve
must husband one's strength
archaic : to find a husband for : mate
husbander noun

Examples of husband in a Sentence

Noun Have you met her husband? she and her husband just celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary Verb The country has husbanded its resources well. husband our natural resources so that our children and grandchildren may benefit from them
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Word History


Noun and Verb

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, in the meaning defined at sense 1


15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

Time Traveler
The first known use of husband was in the 13th century

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Cite this Entry

“Husband.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 24 May. 2024.

Kids Definition


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hus·​band ˈhəz-bənd How to pronounce husband (audio)
: a male partner in a marriage


2 of 2 verb
: to manage carefully and economically : conserve
husbanded their resources
husbander noun


Old English hūsbonda "master of a house," from early Norse hūsbondi, literally, "house owner" — related to house

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