- a married man, especially when considered in relation to his partner in marriage.
- British. a manager.
- Archaic. a prudent or frugal manager.
- to manage, especially with prudent economy.
- to use frugally; conserve: to husband one's resources.
- to be or become a husband to; marry.
- to find a husband for.
- to till; cultivate.
Origin of husband
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Examples from the Web for husband
Toomey lives here with her husband, Mark, a managing director at Goldman Sachs, and their two daughters.How Taryn Toomey’s ‘The Class’ Became New York’s Latest Fitness Craze
January 9, 2015
Smith attended both funerals as a cop and as the husband of Police Officer Moira Smith, who died on 9/11.The Muslim Cop Killed by Terrorists
January 9, 2015
“Call me when the plane leaves the ground,” she said, in a tone that implied she knew her husband well.Mario Cuomo, a Frustrating Hero to Democrats, Is Dead at 82
January 2, 2015
Mrs. Douli then watched her husband go under water for the last time.
“My husband and I were in the water for more than four hours,” she said, according to ANSA news service.
The girls I know are taught painstakingly how to get a husband, but nothing of how to be a wife.
The husband in my case was to be an inconvenience, but doubtless an amusing one.
Mr. Bines is my husband, Mtterchen, and we're leaving for the West in the morning.
"I ordered the sun turned on at just this point," replied her husband, with a large air.
Mrs. Morgan gave Robert a reception as warm as her husband had done.Brave and Bold
- a woman's partner in marriage
- a manager of an estate
- a frugal person
- to manage or use (resources, finances, etc) thriftily
- (tr)to find a husband for
- (of a woman) to marry (a man)
- (tr) obsolete to till (the soil)
Word Origin and History for husband
Old English husbonda "male head of a household," probably from Old Norse husbondi "master of the house," from hus "house" (see house (n.)) + bondi "householder, dweller, freeholder, peasant," from buandi, present participle of bua "to dwell" (see bower). Beginning late 13c., replaced Old English wer as "married man," companion of wif, a sad loss for English poetry. Slang shortening hubby first attested 1680s.
"manage thriftily," early 15c., from husband (n.) in an obsolete sense of "steward" (mid-15c.). Related: Husbanded; husbanding.