hus·​band | \ ˈhəz-bənd How to pronounce husband (audio) \

Definition of husband

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1 : a male partner in a marriage her husband of forty years
2 British : the manager of another's property : steward
3 : a frugal manager speaks his whole mind gaily, and is not the cautious husband of a part— W. B. Yeats


husbanded; husbanding; husbands

Definition of husband (Entry 2 of 2)

transitive verb

1a : to manage prudently and economically a country that has husbanded its resources well
b : to use sparingly : conserve must husband one's strength
2 archaic : to find a husband for : mate

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Other Words from husband


husbandly adjective


husbander noun

Synonyms & Antonyms for husband

Synonyms: Noun

Synonyms: Verb

Antonyms: Verb

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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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Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Maria Felice Tibaldi is pictured by her husband Pierre Subleyras in a bright red dress, holding in her hand a miniature painting — her specialty. Christopher Arnott,, 7 Oct. 2021 The princess was accompanied by her husband Jack Brooksbank and their 7-month-old son August. Stephanie Petit,, 7 Oct. 2021 Hawaiian works first went on view in 1940 at An American Place, the New York gallery owned by her husband, photographer and art dealer Alfred Stieglitz, and continue to awe viewers. Natasha Gural, Forbes, 7 Oct. 2021 In addition to basking in love from her children, family, friends and fans, Gwen was also showered with sweet sentiments by her now-husband, The Voice coach Blake Shelton. Rebecca Norris, Good Housekeeping, 5 Oct. 2021 She is survived by her husband, two daughters, ages 3 and 5, two siblings, and her parents, Arthur and Gwen Berg. oregonlive, 5 Oct. 2021 She is survived by her husband John Kosko, a supervisor in the Cuyahoga County Prosecutor’s Office, and three children. Cory Shaffer, cleveland, 4 Oct. 2021 There was that woman in Oregon last year who was found by her husband, unrecognizable, stripped by fire down to her underwear, barefoot. Manjula Martin, The New Yorker, 30 Sep. 2021 As the game continues, Florence Unger arrives, fresh from being dumped by her husband. Luann Gibbs, The Enquirer, 26 Sep. 2021 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb Parton, who has been married to husband Carl Dean for more than 55 years, also told W about her past crush on Johnny Cash. Benjamin Vanhoose,, 6 Oct. 2021 The trails were once a deciding factor in keeping her and husband Ryan in California. Lila Seidman, Los Angeles Times, 23 Sep. 2021 On Sunday, The View co-host, 36, paid tribute to husband Ben Domenech as the writer marked his first Father's Day since welcoming their first baby, daughter Liberty Sage, last September. Georgia Slater,, 20 June 2021 The Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Issue alum, 35, paid tribute to husband John Legend on Sunday, posting a photo of him cheesing it up with their two kids: daughter Luna Simone, 5, and son Miles, 3. Glenn Garner,, 20 June 2021 Maria Izaguirre Graves’ Instagram feed is full of magazine-worthy photos from her January wedding to husband Julian Graves. Natalie Gontcharova,, 17 June 2021 On Friday, Bindi Irwin posted a new Instagram of her and and husband Chandler Powell's 2-month-old baby girl, Grace, showcasing their resemblance. Kayla Keegan, Good Housekeeping, 14 June 2021 In the 15 years since the movie's release, she's starred in a number of blockbuster films and is one half of a power couple (thanks to husband John Krasinski). Paulina Jayne Isaac, Glamour, 25 May 2021 Princess Eugenie shared a birthday tribute to husband Jack Brooksbank on Instagram Monday. Emily Dixon, Marie Claire, 4 May 2021

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First Known Use of husband


13th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1


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

History and Etymology for husband

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

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

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10 Oct 2021

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“Husband.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 18 Oct. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of husband

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: a married man : the man someone is married to



English Language Learners Definition of husband (Entry 2 of 2)

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


hus·​band | \ ˈhəz-bənd How to pronounce husband (audio) \

Kids Definition of husband

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: a male partner in a marriage


husbanded; husbanding

Kids Definition of husband (Entry 2 of 2)

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

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