husband

1 of 2

noun

hus·​band ˈhəz-bənd How to pronounce husband (audio)
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 partW. B. Yeats
husbandly adjective

husband

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verb

husbanded; husbanding; husbands

transitive verb

1
a
: 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
husbander noun

Example Sentences

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
Recent Examples on the Web
Noun
Nurten Caylak, 44, said the minimum wage her husband earns barely covered their rent, which has soared from about $100 a month to $300 over the past year. Zeynep Karatas, Washington Post, 28 Jan. 2023 Anderson and her then-husband, Tommy Lee, were the first celebrities to face such ridicule. Dana Feldman, Forbes, 28 Jan. 2023 On Friday, not long before the Memphis videos were posted, a police body-cam clip was released showing part of the Oct. 28 assault on former Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s husband, Paul, at his home in San Francisco. A.o. Scott, New York Times, 28 Jan. 2023 Heath, whose husband is a retired firefighter, said the work can be traumatic. Jeremy C. Fox, BostonGlobe.com, 26 Jan. 2023 Don’t tell it to Jurley Torian, whose husband — Marine Master Sgt. Mike Bianchi, Orlando Sentinel, 25 Jan. 2023 Among former patients who have spoken publicly was Evelyn Yang, whose husband, Andrew Yang, ran unsuccessfully as a Democrat for president in 2020 and for New York City mayor in 2022. CBS News, 24 Jan. 2023 Fire safety legacy continues Philicia McCauley, a former Keep Kids Fire Safe Foundation board chair whose late husband was badly injured in a house fire at 19, said Hilton and Boden’s continued fire safety efforts will remain crucial for kids. Ashley R. Williams, USA TODAY, 23 Jan. 2023 At the time of her disappearance, Ana Walshe, whose husband is charged with her murder and in jail without bail, had a real estate portfolio worth nearly $2 million, according to CNN’s analysis of publicly available documents. Anna Bahney, CNN, 20 Jan. 2023
Verb
Jennifer Lopez says her Las Vegas wedding to husband Ben Affleck was a spur-of-the-moment decision. Marisa Sullivan, Peoplemag, 19 Jan. 2023 Christina Hall is sharing details of her 'private' first wedding to husband Josh! Staff Author, Peoplemag, 8 Dec. 2022 Still, crypto is a uniquely perilous investment for families struggling to husband their resources for retirement. Michael Hiltzik, Los Angeles Times, 23 Nov. 2022 Not only does the Spice Girls singer assist her pal with posing, but the fashion designer has also styled the TV star, most notably for a custom look for her wedding to husband José Bastón in 2016. Marisa Sullivan, Peoplemag, 5 Dec. 2022 The Shakespeare in Love actress is also stepmom to husband Brad Falchuk's two children: son Brody and daughter Isabella. Breanna Bell, PEOPLE.com, 3 June 2022 The pair were notably present for the filming of former Beverly Hills star Denise Richards' 2018 wedding to husband Aaron Phypers. Ingrid Vasquez, Peoplemag, 20 Oct. 2022 Poirier was able to obtain her driver’s license after being seizure-free for 12 months, and has been married to husband Sean Lefevre for 27 years. Melanie Savage, Hartford Courant, 18 Oct. 2022 Quinn exited Oppenheim to launch her and husband Christian Dumontet's new crypto real estate venture, RealOpen, in April. Charmaine Patterson, Peoplemag, 17 Aug. 2022 See More

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Word History

Etymology

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

Noun

13th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Verb

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.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/husband. Accessed 7 Feb. 2023.

Kids Definition

husband

1 of 2 noun
hus·​band ˈhəz-bənd How to pronounce husband (audio)
: a male partner in a marriage

husband

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

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