A bride with her new husband.
- The definition of a husband is a male partner in a marriage.
The man a woman is married to is an example of a husband.
- To husband is defined as to conserve or use economically.
An example of to husband is to save water and other natural resources.
- a man with reference to the person to whom he is married
- any married man
- Archaic a manager, as of a household
Origin of husbandMiddle English husbonde, householder, husband ; from Late Old English husbonda ; from Old Norse h?sbondi, literally , householder ; from h?s, house + bondi, freeholder, yeoman ; from earlier b?andi, present participle of b?a, to dwell: see bondage
- to manage economically; conserve
- Archaic to provide with a husband or become the husband of; marry
- Archaic to cultivate (soil or plants)
- A man joined to another person in marriage; a male spouse.
- Chiefly British A manager or steward, as of a household.
- Archaic A prudent, thrifty manager.
transitive verbhus·band·ed, hus·band·ing, hus·bands
- To use sparingly or economically; conserve: husband one's energy.
- Archaic To become a husband to.
Origin of husbandMiddle English huseband, from Old English h&umacron;sb&omacron;nda, from Old Norse h&umacron;sb&omacron;ndi : h&umacron;s, house + b&omacron;ndi, b&umacron;andi, householder, present participle of b&umacron;a, to dwell; see bheu&schwa;- in Indo-European roots. Word History: The English word husband, even though it is a basic kinship term, is not a native English word. It comes ultimately from the Old Norse word h&umacron;sb&omacron;ndi, meaning “master of a house,” which was borrowed into Old English as h&umacron;sb&omacron;nda. The second element in h&umacron;sb&omacron;ndi, b&omacron;ndi, means “a man who has land and stock” and comes from the Old Norse verb b&umacron;a, meaning “to live, dwell, have a household.” The master of the house was usually a spouse as well, of course, and it would seem that the main modern sense of husband arises from this overlap. When the Norsemen settled in Anglo-Saxon England, they would often take Anglo-Saxon women as their wives; it was then natural to refer to the husband using the Norse word for the concept, and to refer to the wife with her Anglo-Saxon (Old English) designation, w&imacron;f, “woman, wife” (Modern English wife). Interestingly, Old English did have a feminine word related to Old Norse h&umacron;sb&omacron;ndi that meant “mistress of a house,” namely, h&umacron;sbonde. Had this word survived into Modern English, it would have sounded identical to husband—surely leading to ambiguities.
- the painful husband, ploughing up his ground
- John Evelyn (1620-1706)
- He is the neatest husband for curious ordering his domestick and field accommodations.
- (archaic) A prudent or frugal manager.
- A man in a marriage or marital relationship, especially in relation to his spouse.
- To conserve.
- To provide with a husband.
- To engage or act as a husband to; assume the care of or responsibility for; accept as one's own.
From Middle English husbonde, from Old English hūsbonda, hūsbunda (“male head of a household, householder, master of a house”), probably from Old Norse húsbóndi (“master of house”), from hús (“house”) + bóndi (“dweller, householder”), equivalent to house + bond (“serf, slave”).
Rather not bond = serf, but present participle of WestScand. búa, EastScand. bôa = to build, to plow; cf. German bauen, der Bauende. Cognate with Icelandic húsbóndi (“head of household”), Faroese húsbóndi (“husband”), Norwegian husbond (“head of household, husband”), Swedish husbonde (“master”), Danish husbonde (“husband”).