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


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


husbandly adjective


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 Your husband might end up in counseling by himself as well. cleveland, 14 Sep. 2021 His father, an officer in the Italian navy, was killed in World War II, and his mother raised Gaetano and his two siblings with the help of her extended family in Padua and Este and her husband’s in Florence. Matthew Schneier, Curbed, 14 Sep. 2021 Essaibi George has also found herself under scrutiny after The Boston Globe reported her city council office tried to undermine a building project that would have blocked the view of a luxury condominium building owned by her husband. Steve Leblanc, ajc, 14 Sep. 2021 Ciara pulled out all the stops in a sequined Peter Dundas gown bearing her husband Russell Wilson’s Seattle Seahawks jersey number. Keyaira Boone, Essence, 14 Sep. 2021 Your husband might end up in counseling by himself as well. Annie Lane, oregonlive, 14 Sep. 2021 But Davy Macias died on Aug. 26, and her husband died Sept. 9. Marina Pitofsky, USA TODAY, 14 Sep. 2021 Diane Battle sat by a dining room table, her husband Earnest Battle looking at her attentively. Clara Longo De Freitas,, 14 Sep. 2021 Authorities said Satterlee's wife heard a splash and walked outside their home to see the alligator attacking her husband. CBS News, 14 Sep. 2021 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb On Sunday, The View co-host, 36, paid tribute to husband Ben Domenech as the writer marked his first Father's Day since welcoming their first baby, daughter Liberty Sage, last September. Georgia Slater,, 20 June 2021 The Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Issue alum, 35, paid tribute to husband John Legend on Sunday, posting a photo of him cheesing it up with their two kids: daughter Luna Simone, 5, and son Miles, 3. Glenn Garner,, 20 June 2021 Maria Izaguirre Graves’ Instagram feed is full of magazine-worthy photos from her January wedding to husband Julian Graves. Natalie Gontcharova,, 17 June 2021 On Friday, Bindi Irwin posted a new Instagram of her and and husband Chandler Powell's 2-month-old baby girl, Grace, showcasing their resemblance. Kayla Keegan, Good Housekeeping, 14 June 2021 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,, 12 Aug. 2020

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First Known Use of husband


13th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1


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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16 Sep 2021

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“Husband.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 24 Sep. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of husband

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: a married man : the man someone is married to



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

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


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

Kids Definition of husband

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: a male partner in a marriage


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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