[ huhz-buh n-dree ]
/ ˈhʌz bən dri /


the cultivation and production of edible crops or of animals for food; agriculture; farming.
the science of raising crops or food animals.
careful or thrifty management; frugality, thrift, or conservation.
the management of domestic affairs or of resources generally.

Origin of husbandry

First recorded in 1250–1300, husbandry is from the Middle English word housebondrie. See husband, -ry Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for husbandry


/ (ˈhʌzbəndrɪ) /


farming, esp when regarded as a science, skill, or art
management of affairs and resources
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Word Origin and History for husbandry


c.1300, "management of a household;" late 14c. as "farm management," from husband (n.) in a now-obsolete sense of "peasant farmer" (early 13c.) + -ery.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

Science definitions for husbandry


[ hŭzbən-drē ]

The application of scientific principles to agriculture, especially to animal breeding.
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