[huhz-buh n-dree]


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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Contemporary Examples of husbandry

Historical Examples of husbandry

  • Now, just guess what came into the head of one of our husbandry?

  • Another reference to this process is made in October's Husbandry, vol.

  • Now, are not the best husbandmen those who are most devoted to husbandry?

  • At what point shall I begin then, Socrates, to revive your recollection of the art of husbandry?

  • But may I ask, is the planting of trees a department in the art of husbandry?

British Dictionary definitions for husbandry



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

husbandry in Science



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