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 The images on display include those of dancers in Mexico, dancers in the United States in the 1970s and Danza Mexi’cayotl, which has been around for more than 40 years, said Bae Zamora Aguilar, who helps lead the dance group with her husband. San Diego Union-Tribune, "Exhibit in Balboa Park chronicles Aztec dance tradition in San Diego," 7 Apr. 2021 Not an afternoon at the cinema alone, not a date with my husband, not dinner with friends, or the thrill of being out on a school night. Raven Smith, Vogue, "On Katy Perry's Bathroom Selfie and Forgotten Pleasure of Going Out-Out," 7 Apr. 2021 For the casual family photo op, which celebrated the Easter holiday and the start of spring, Eugenie and her family posed in front of a blossoming tree with her husband holding their son close in a baby carrier. Bianca Betancourt, Harper's BAZAAR, "Princess Eugenie Shares a Gorgeous Family Portrait with Baby August for Spring," 6 Apr. 2021 Michelle Obama shared a series of photo booth shots taken with her husband at the 2016 White House Easter Egg Roll, which marked their final Easter in the White House. Hannah Yasharoff, USA TODAY, "Carrie Underwood raises over $68,000 for charity in Nashville Easter concert," 4 Apr. 2021 Jonathan Keren co-founded Maapilim with his husband in the fall of 2017 in Tel Aviv, as a men's grooming brand focusing on handcrafted haircare and beard care made from natural ingredients sourced from the Mediterranean. Bridget Arsenault, Forbes, "Introducing The Gender-Neutral Beauty Brand That Travels The Mediterranean For Inspiration," 4 Apr. 2021 Young lawyer Ruth Bader Ginsburg works with her husband to bring a groundbreaking case of gender discrimination before the Supreme Court. Ed Stockly, Los Angeles Times, "Movies on TV this week: James Dean in ‘Giant’ on TCM and more," 2 Apr. 2021 All are very special to me: gifts for graduations, milestone birthdays and my first holiday with my husband. Washington Post, "Miss Manners: Part of our friend group only takes, never gives," 31 Mar. 2021 The super model and mom of two opened up about her bond with husband, musician John Legend. Caitlin O'kane, CBS News, ""I've learned how strong I am": Chrissy Teigen graces the cover of People's annual "Beautiful Issue"," 31 Mar. 2021 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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The first known use of husband was in the 13th century

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13 Apr 2021

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“Husband.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/husband. Accessed 20 Apr. 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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