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husband

[ huhz-buhnd ]
/ ˈhʌz bənd /
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Definition of husband

noun
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.
Archaic.
  1. to be or become a husband to; marry.
  2. to find a husband for.
  3. to till; cultivate.

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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 FROM husband

hus·band·er, nounhus·band·less, adjectiveun·hus·band·ed, adjective
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British Dictionary definitions for husband

husband
/ (ˈhʌzbənd) /

noun
a woman's partner in marriage
archaic
  1. a manager of an estate
  2. a frugal person
verb
to manage or use (resources, finances, etc) thriftily
archaic
  1. (tr) to find a husband for
  2. (of a woman) to marry (a man)
(tr) obsolete to till (the soil)

Derived forms of husband

husbander, 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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