Definition of Husband

1. Noun. A married man; a woman's partner in marriage.

Exact synonyms: Hubby, Married Man
Specialized synonyms: Benedick, Benedict, Cuckold, Family Man, House Husband, Househusband, Uxoricide
Generic synonyms: Better Half, Married Person, Mate, Partner, Spouse
Derivative terms: Husbandly, Husbandly
Antonyms: Wife

2. Verb. Use cautiously and frugally. "Conserve your energy for the ascent to the summit"
Exact synonyms: Conserve, Economise, Economize
Generic synonyms: Preserve, Save
Specialized synonyms: Retrench
Antonyms: Waste
Derivative terms: Economiser, Economizer, Economy, Economy, Economy

Definition of Husband

1. n. The male head of a household; one who orders the economy of a family.

2. v. t. To direct and manage with frugality; to use or employ to good purpose and the best advantage; to spend, apply, or use, with economy.

Definition of Husband

1. Noun. (obsolete) The master of a house; the head of a family; a householder. ¹

2. Noun. (obsolete) A tiller of the ground; a husbandman. ¹

3. Noun. (archaic) A prudent or frugal manager. ¹

4. Noun. A man in a marriage or marital relationship, especially in relation to his spouse. ¹

5. Noun. (context: UK) A manager of property; one who has the care of another's belongings, owndom, or interests; a steward; an economist. ¹

6. Noun. Large cushion with arms meant to support a person in the sitting position. ¹

7. Noun. (context: UK dialectal) A polled tree; a pollard. ¹

8. Verb. (transitive) To manage or administer carefully and frugally; use to the best advantage; economise. ¹

9. Verb. (transitive) To conserve. ¹

10. Verb. (transitive, obsolete) To till; cultivate; farm; nurture. ¹

11. Verb. (transitive) To provide with a husband. ¹

12. Verb. (transitive) To engage or act as a husband to; assume the care of or responsibility for; accept as one's own. ¹

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Definition of Husband

1. to spend wisely [v -ED, -ING, -S]

Medical Definition of Husband

1. 1. The male head of a household; one who orders the economy of a family. 2. A cultivator; a tiller; a husbandman. "The painful husband, plowing up his ground." (Hakewill) "He is the neatest husband for curious ordering his domestic and field accommodations." (Evelyn) 3. One who manages or directs with prudence and economy; a frugal person; an economist. "God knows how little time is left me, and may I be a good husband, to improve the short remnant left me." (Fuller) 4. A married man; a man who has a wife; the correlative to wife. "The husband and wife are one person in law." (Blackstone) 5. The male of a pair of animals. A ship's husband, an agent representing the owners of a ship, who manages its expenses and receipts. Origin: OE. Hosebonde, husbonde, a husband, the master of the house or family, AS. Hsbonda master of the house; hs house + bunda, bonda, householder, husband; prob. Fr. Icel. Hsbondi house master, husband; hs house + bandi dwelling, inhabiting, Of ba to dwell; akin to AS. Ban, Goth. Bauan. See House Be, and cf. Bond a slave, Boor. Source: Websters Dictionary (01 Mar 1998)

Lexicographical Neighbors of Husband

husband (current term)
husband-wife privilege

Literary usage of Husband

Below you will find example usage of this term as found in modern and/or classical literature:

1. The American and English Encyclopedia of Law by David Shephard Garland, John Houston Merrill, Charles Frederic Williams, Thomas Johnson Michie (1888)
"Coercion by the husband is a presumption of law, both ii of the wife and against the husband.3 The doctrine of c< of the wife raises only a disputable ..."

2. The Encyclopaedia Britannica: A Dictionary of Arts, Sciences, Literature and (1910)
"Beyond the meaning cf a husband as a married man, the word appears in connexion »;:h ... From the idea of the manager of a household, " husband " was in use ..."

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