- 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 bride with her new husband.
- a man with reference to the woman 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 hūsbondi, literally , householder ; from hūs, house + bondi, freeholder, yeoman ; from earlier būandi, present participle of būa, 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 hūsbōnda, from Old Norse hūsbōndi : hūs, house + bōndi, būandi, householder, present participle of būa, 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 hūsbōndi, meaning “master of a house,” which was borrowed into Old English as hūsbōnda. The second element in hūsbōndi, bōndi, means “a man who has land and stock” and comes from the Old Norse verb būa, 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, wīf, “woman, wife” (Modern English wife). Interestingly, Old English did have a feminine word related to Old Norse hūsbōndi that meant “mistress of a house,” namely, hūsbonde. 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
- 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.
- You should start dating so you can find a suitable husband.
- The male of a pair of animals.
- (UK) A manager of property; one who has the care of another's belongings, owndom, or interests; a steward; an economist.
- A large cushion with arms meant to support a person in the sitting position.
- While reading her book, Sally leaned back against her husband, wishing it were the human kind.
- (UK dialectal) A polled tree; a pollard.
(third-person singular simple present husbands, present participle husbanding, simple past and past participle husbanded)
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”).