[ huhz-buhnd ]
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  1. a married man, especially when considered in relation to his partner in marriage.

  2. British. a manager.

  1. Archaic. a prudent or frugal manager.

verb (used with object)
  1. to manage, especially with prudent economy.

  2. to use frugally; conserve: to husband one's resources.

  1. Archaic.

    • to be or become a husband to; marry.

    • to find a husband for.

    • to till; cultivate.

Origin of husband

before 1000; Middle English husband(e), Old English hūsbonda master of the house <Old Norse hūsbōndi, equivalent to hūshouse + bōndi (bō-, variant of bū- dwell (see boor) + -nd present participle suffix + -i inflectional ending)

Other words for husband

Other words from husband

  • hus·band·er, noun
  • hus·band·less, adjective
  • un·hus·band·ed, adjective

Words Nearby husband Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2023

How to use husband in a sentence

British Dictionary definitions for husband


/ (ˈhʌzbənd) /

  1. a woman's partner in marriage

  2. archaic

    • a manager of an estate

    • a frugal person

  1. to manage or use (resources, finances, etc) thriftily

  2. archaic

    • (tr) to find a husband for

    • (of a woman) to marry (a man)

  1. (tr) obsolete to till (the soil)

Origin of husband

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

Derived forms of husband

  • husbander, noun
  • husbandless, adjective

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