[ huhz-buhnd ]
/ 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 formshus·band·er, nounhus·band·less, adjectiveun·hus·band·ed, adjective Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for husband


/ (ˈhʌzbənd) /


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. (tr) to find a husband for
  2. (of a woman) to marry (a man)
(tr) obsolete to till (the soil)
Derived Formshusbander, nounhusbandless, adjective

Word Origin for husband

Old English hūsbonda, from Old Norse hūsbōndi, from hūs house + bōndi one who has a household, from bōa to dwell
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