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[huhz-buh nd] /ˈhʌz bənd/
a married man, especially when considered in relation to his partner in marriage.
British. a manager.
Archaic. a prudent or frugal manager.
verb (used with object)
to manage, especially with prudent economy.
to use frugally; conserve:
to husband one's resources.
  1. to be or become a husband to; marry.
  2. to find a husband for.
  3. to till; cultivate.
Origin of husband
before 1000; Middle English husband(e), Old English hūsbonda master of the house < Old Norse hūsbōndi, equivalent to hūs house + bōndi (bō-, variant of bū- dwell (see boor) + -nd present participle suffix + -i inflectional ending)
Related forms
husbander, noun
husbandless, adjective
unhusbanded, adjective
5. preserve, save, store, hoard. Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2017.
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Examples from the Web for husband
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  • As it is, I don't see my husband all day, and now I've a child whom I never see at all.

    Fruitfulness Emile Zola
  • Her husband was starting a ranch and I caught him stealing water.

    Still Jim Honor Willsie Morrow
  • "I am not at all sure it was the same dog," her husband said.

  • I prefer to let my husband do my thinking in politics for me.

    Still Jim Honor Willsie Morrow
  • She must not talk with any one but her husband, sisters, or little children.

    Folkways William Graham Sumner
British Dictionary definitions for husband


a woman's partner in marriage
  1. a manager of an estate
  2. a frugal person
to manage or use (resources, finances, etc) thriftily
  1. (transitive) to find a husband for
  2. (of a woman) to marry (a man)
(transitive) (obsolete) to till (the soil)
Derived Forms
husbander, noun
husbandless, adjective
Word Origin
Old English hūsbonda, from Old Norse hūsbōndi, from hūs house + bōndi one who has a household, from bōa to dwell
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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.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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Slang definitions & phrases for husband



  1. A pimp: She has a pimp she calls her ''husband'' (1960s+ Prostitutes)
  2. The dominant, masculine member of a homosexual couple, male or female (1960s+ Homosexuals)
The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
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husband in the Bible

i.e., the "house-band," connecting and keeping together the whole family. A man when betrothed was esteemed from that time a husband (Matt. 1:16, 20; Luke 2:5). A recently married man was exempt from going to war for "one year" (Deut. 20:7; 24:5).

Easton's 1897 Bible Dictionary
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