husband

noun
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

husband

verb
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

Noun

husbandly adjective

Verb

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 Both husband and wife were hospitalized, and the two texted each other from separate rooms in St. Mary. oregonlive, "Nurse, 51, dies of COVID-19; then her husband falls ill," 18 Oct. 2020 And there was the fear, instilled in her by an ex-husband, that she shouldn’t be involved in politics. Chabeli Carrazana, USA TODAY, "Latinas had the highest unemployment rate this year — and it’s driving them to vote," 18 Oct. 2020 Yin Ho, a real estate attorney with Withers, explains: Under current law, a husband and wife can transfer a primary residence, of any value, to their son and it won’t be reassessed. Kathleen Pender, SFChronicle.com, "No easy answers to questions on Prop. 19," 17 Oct. 2020 The husband and wife were strivers, and took pride in building the business. Kevin Armstrong, New York Times, "‘It’s Fall! Here We Are!’ A Beloved Chocolate Shop Returns," 16 Oct. 2020 Kelley allegedly placed a GPS-tracking device on her ex-husband’s car and then forwarded the location data to Good. Washington Post, "He was shot nine times and survived. Then, his ex-wife began plotting another hit, prosecutors say.," 15 Oct. 2020 Dirty John became an anthology series in 2020 with a second season focused on the story of Betty Broderick, a woman who was convicted of murdering her ex-husband and his second wife in 1989. Kayleigh Roberts, Marie Claire, "19 True Crime Shows of 2020 You Won't Be Able to Look Away From," 15 Oct. 2020 Sibil Fox Richardson and her six children waited 21 years for Rob Richardson, husband and father, to get out of Louisiana State Penitentiary, known as Angola. Shaena Montanari, The Arizona Republic, "'Time' is an artful, emotional look at a family's journey through years of incarceration," 14 Oct. 2020 The husband and wife were in a white Nissan when the man took out a handgun and shot his wife three times, police said. Nisa Khan, Detroit Free Press, "Police: Husband fatally shoots wife, himself at Warren gas station," 12 Oct. 2020 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb Jodie Turner-Smith spent nearly four days in labor at her Los Angeles home while bringing her and husband Joshua Jackson's baby girl into the world. Claudia Harmata, PEOPLE.com, "Jodie Turner-Smith Was in Labor for Nearly Four Days Before Giving Birth: 'I Was Fatigued'," 12 Aug. 2020 Four weeks before her death, Preston posted her final Instagram photo to pay tribute to husband John Travolta on Father's Day. Ale Russian, PEOPLE.com, "Kelly Preston Honored Husband John Travolta in Her Final Instagram Post: The Best Father I Know," 13 July 2020 Over the weekend, the dog-loving country star, 36, revealed that thanks to husband Brendan McLoughlin’s vigilance, the couple was able to spot an adorable stray kitten during a drive in Texas. PEOPLE.com, "Miranda Lambert and Husband Brendan McLoughlin Rescue Adorable Kitten They Found Near a Highway," 28 June 2020 Katherine Schwarzenegger paid tribute to husband Chris Pratt on Instagram Sunday, posting a long message alongside a collage photo of the duo. Danielle Garrand, CBS News, "From Barack Obama to Kanye West — here's how famous dads are being honored on Father's Day," 21 June 2020 All of life up there in the brainpan, all of it somehow husbanded there. Benjamin Taylor, The Atlantic, "Being Friends With Philip Roth," 21 Apr. 2020 Married now for 8 years to husband Jay Tucker, Nash is living in wedded bliss. Kimberly Wilson, Essence, "Niecy Nash’s Advice For A Happy Marriage: ‘A BJ A Day Keeps The Divorce Attorney Away’," 6 Aug. 2019 Government should not impede or discourage parents in their conscientious accumulation, husbanding and investment of those assets for their children’s education, broadly construed. George Will, Twin Cities, "George Will: Is the individual obsolete?," 17 July 2019 Her financial gains surfaced in records tied to husband Jeremiah Quarles’ theft case. Miles Moffeit Elvia Limón, Dallas News, "Tax funds stolen by her husband helped a DeSoto councilwoman. Why didn't authorities fully investigate?," 12 July 2019

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First Known Use of husband

Noun

13th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Verb

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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Time Traveler for husband

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

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Last Updated

21 Oct 2020

Cite this Entry

“Husband.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/husband. Accessed 21 Oct. 2020.

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More Definitions for husband

husband

noun
How to pronounce husband (audio)

English Language Learners Definition of husband

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: a married man : the man someone is married to

husband

verb

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

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

husband

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

Kids Definition of husband

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: a male partner in a marriage

husband

verb
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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