husband

[huhz-buhnd]
noun
1.
a married man, especially when considered in relation to his partner in marriage.
2.
British. a manager.
3.
Archaic. a prudent or frugal manager.
verb (used with object)
4.
to manage, especially with prudent economy.
5.
to use frugally; conserve: to husband one's resources.
6.
Archaic.
a.
to be or become a husband to; marry.
b.
to find a husband for.
c.
to till; cultivate.

Origin:
before 1000; Middle English husband(e), Old English hūsbonda master of the house < Old Norse hūsbōndi, equivalent to hūs house + bōndi (bō-, variant of bū- dwell (see boor) + -nd present participle suffix + -i inflectional ending)

husbander, noun
husbandless, adjective
unhusbanded, adjective


5. preserve, save, store, hoard.
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husband (ˈhʌzbənd)
 
n
1.  a woman's partner in marriage
2.  archaic
 a.  a manager of an estate
 b.  a frugal person
 
vb
3.  to manage or use (resources, finances, etc) thriftily
4.  archaic
 a.  (tr) to find a husband for
 b.  (of a woman) to marry (a man)
5.  obsolete (tr) to till (the soil)
 
[Old English hūsbonda, from Old Norse hūsbōndi, from hūs house + bōndi one who has a household, from bōa to dwell]
 
'husbander
 
n
 
'husbandless
 
adj

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Word Origin & History

husband
O.E. husbonda "male head of a household," probably from O.N. husbondi "master of the house," from hus "house" + bondi "householder, dweller, freeholder, peasant," from buandi, prp. of bua "to dwell" The sense of "peasant farmer" (early 13c.) is preserved in husbandry (first attested late 14c. in this
sense). Beginning late 13c., replaced O.E. wer as "married man," companion of wif, a sad loss for Eng. poetry. The verb "manage thriftily" is mid-15c., from the noun in the obsolete sense of "steward" (mid-15c.). Slang shortening hubby first attested 1680s.
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Husband definition


i.e., the "house-band," connecting and keeping together the whole family. A man when betrothed was esteemed from that time a husband (Matt. 1:16, 20; Luke 2:5). A recently married man was exempt from going to war for "one year" (Deut. 20:7; 24:5).

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Example sentences for husband
Harriet reveals all to her husband but he fobs her off, and they travel to
  ireland.
But the married woman is anxious about worldly things, how to please her
  husband.
She left her husband and academic career because of her public personal ties
  with amir.
While ruling, she seemed to be much tougher than her husband.
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