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 Powell Jobs knew how much the Stanford speech meant to her late husband. Tom Page, CNN, 7 June 2021 Staying close to her husband’s family in the Harrisburg area felt imperative, especially as travel restrictions left Ms. Patitsas increasingly isolated from relatives in her native Poland. Rachel Feintzeig, WSJ, 7 June 2021 More:Hmong refugee settled in Milwaukee, devoting her life to her husband and 10 children. Sophie Carson, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, 5 June 2021 Elyse and millions of other wives who suffer awake next to their snoring husband might be forgiven for assuming their husbands are better sleepers. Wendy Troxel, Time, 2 June 2021 Our sympathy goes out to her husband, Walt, her son, Dustin and his wife, Kim, and the love of her life, grandson, Charlie. Chris Folks, baltimoresun.com, 27 May 2021 After June’s visit to Serena in her gilded prison Serena returns to her husband. Erik Kain, Forbes, 26 May 2021 Alaine Alvarez helped design the park space dedicated to her husband. Fox News, 26 May 2021 So thank you to my husband and to all those teachers who put themselves out there during difficult times, making school a a safe place for kids to learn and grow. Brenda Cain, cleveland, 26 May 2021 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb 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 Whether by design, or necessity due to his reduced capacities, the decision to husband Mr. Biden’s public appearances has been shrewd. The Editorial Board, WSJ, 27 Apr. 2021 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, 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, 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, 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, 21 June 2020 All of life up there in the brainpan, all of it somehow husbanded there. Benjamin Taylor, The Atlantic, 21 Apr. 2020

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

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12 Jun 2021

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“Husband.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/husband. Accessed 15 Jun. 2021.

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More Definitions for husband

husband

noun

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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