husband

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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

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
Recent Examples on the Web
Noun
In many ways, Perry said, her husband reminds her of her father. Sydney Page, Washington Post, 11 July 2024 Lively was then pictured having her makeup touched up, followed by a snap of her hugging husband Ryan Reynolds’ mother, Tammy Reynolds. Gabrielle Rockson, Peoplemag, 11 July 2024
Verb
While Stone nursed his spacecraft along, NASA brass husbanded their budget, ultimately winning funding to keep Voyager 2 flying. Jeffrey Kluger, TIME, 12 June 2024 At this unipolar moment, a few voices argued for a strategy of restraint, calling on the United States to husband its economic resources, focus on domestic challenges, and avoid stumbling into new conflicts. Jennifer Lind, Foreign Affairs, 10 Feb. 2020 See all Example Sentences for husband 

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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 23 Jul. 2024.

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
Etymology

Noun

Old English hūsbonda "master of a house," from early Norse hūsbondi, literally, "house owner" — related to house

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