What does husband mean?

Definitions for husband
ˈhʌz bəndhus·band

This dictionary definitions page includes all the possible meanings, example usage and translations of the word husband.

Princeton's WordNet

  1. husband, hubby, married manverb

    a married man; a woman's partner in marriage

  2. conserve, husband, economize, economiseverb

    use cautiously and frugally

    "I try to economize my spare time"; "conserve your energy for the ascent to the summit"

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. HUSBANDnoun

    Etymology: hossband, master, Danish, from house and bonda, Runick, a master.

    Thy husband is thy lord, thy life, thy keeper,
    Thy head, thy sovereign. William Shakespeare, Taming of the Shrew.

    Why, woman, your husband is in his old lunes again: he so takes on yonder with my husband, and so rails against all married mankind. William Shakespeare, Merry Wives of Windsor.

    This careful husband had been long away,
    Whom his chaste wife and little children mourn. Dryden.

    The contract and ceremony of marriage is the occasion of the denomination or relation of husband. John Locke.

    Ev’n though a snowy ram thou shalt behold,
    Prefer him not in haste, for husband to thy fold. Dryden.

    Edward I. shewed himself a right good husband; owner of a lordship ill husbanded. John Davies, on Ireland.

    I was considering the shortness of life, and what ill husbands we are of so tender a fortune. Jeremy Collier, on Fame.

    Husband ’s work is laborious and hard. Hubberd’s Tale.

    I heard a great husband say, that it was a common error to think that chalk helpeth arable grounds. Francis Bacon, Nat. History.

    In those fields
    The painful husband plowing up his ground,
    Shall find all fret with rust, both pikes and shields. George Hakewill.

    If continu’d rain
    The lab’ring husband in his house restrain,
    Let him forecast his work. John Dryden, Georgicks.

  2. To Husbandverb

    Etymology: from the noun.

    Think you I am no stronger than my sex,
    Being so father’d and so husbanded? William Shakespeare, Julius Cæsar.

    If you shall prove
    This ring was ever her’s, you shall as easy
    Prove that I husbanded her bed in Florence,
    Where yet she never was. William Shakespeare.

    In my right,
    By me invested, he compeers the best.
    —— That were the most, if he should husband you. William Shakespeare.

    It will be pastime passing excellent,
    If it be husbanded with modesty. William Shakespeare.

    The French, wisely husbanding the possession of a victory, kept themselves within their trenches. Francis Bacon, Henry VII.

    If thou be master-gunner, spend not all
    That thou can’st speak at once; but husband it,
    And give men turns of speech. George Herbert.

    A farmer cannot husband his ground, if he sits at a great rent. Francis Bacon, Essays.


  1. Husband

    A husband is a male in a marital relationship, who may also be referred to as a spouse. The rights and obligations of a husband regarding his spouse and others, and his status in the community and in law, vary between societies and cultures, and have varied over time. In monogamous cultures, there are only two parties to a marriage, which is enforced by laws against bigamy and polygamy. Traditionally, the husband was regarded as the head of the household and was expected to be the sole provider or breadwinner, a role that continues in some cultures (sometimes described as paternalistic). Today, a husband is not necessarily considered the breadwinner of the family, especially if his spouse has a more financially rewarding occupation or career. In such cases, it is not uncommon for a husband to be considered a stay-at-home father if the married couple have children. The term continues to be applied to such a man who has separated from his spouse and ceases to be applied to him only when his marriage has come to an end following a legally recognized divorce or the death of his spouse. On the death of his spouse, a husband is referred to as a widower; after a divorce a man may be referred to as the "ex-husband" of his former spouse.


  1. husband

    A husband is a male partner in a marriage who is typically involved in a legal or socially recognized relationship with a female partner, known as his wife. The term can also be used more broadly to refer to any male partner in a committed relationship. Responsibilities of a husband may include providing emotional, financial, and societal support, though exact roles can vary significantly between different cultures and individuals.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Husbandnoun

    the male head of a household; one who orders the economy of a family

  2. Husbandnoun

    a cultivator; a tiller; a husbandman

  3. Husbandnoun

    one who manages or directs with prudence and economy; a frugal person; an economist

  4. Husbandnoun

    a married man; a man who has a wife; -- the correlative to wife

  5. Husbandnoun

    the male of a pair of animals

  6. Husbandverb

    to direct and manage with frugality; to use or employ to good purpose and the best advantage; to spend, apply, or use, with economy

  7. Husbandverb

    to cultivate, as land; to till

  8. Husbandverb

    to furnish with a husband

  9. Etymology: [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. hsbndi house master, husband; hs house + bandi dwelling, inhabiting, p. pr. of ba to dwell; akin to AS. ban, Goth. bauan. See House Be, and cf. Bond a slave, Boor.]


  1. Husband

    A husband is a male lifetime partner in a marital relationship. The rights and obligations of the husband regarding his spouse, others, and his status in the community and in law, vary between cultures and has varied over time.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Husband

    huz′band, n. a married man: (B.) a man to whom a woman is betrothed: one who manages affairs with prudence: (naut.) the owner of a ship who manages its concerns in person.—v.t. to supply with a husband: to manage with economy.—n. Hus′bandage, allowance or commission of a ship's husband.—adjs. Hus′bandless (Shak.), without a husband; Hus′bandly, frugal, thrifty.—ns. Hus′bandman, a working farmer: one who labours in tillage; Hus′bandry, the business of a farmer: tillage: economical management: thrift. [M. E. husbonde—A.S. húsbonda, Ice. húsbóndihús, a house, búandi, inhabiting, pr.p. of Ice. búa, to dwell. Cf. Ger. bauen, to till.]

The Roycroft Dictionary

  1. husband

    A booby prize in life's lottery.

The Foolish Dictionary, by Gideon Wurdz


    The next thing to a wife. From Eng. _hussy_, woman, and _bond_, tie. Tied to a woman.

Dictionary of Nautical Terms

  1. husband

    An agent appointed by deed, executed by all the owners, with power to advance and lend, to make all payments, to receive the prices of freights, and to retain all claims. But this office gives him no authority to insure or to borrow money; and he is to render a full account to his employers.

Editors Contribution

  1. husbandadjective

    A person that is married

    The husband is a beautiful understanding gentleman and soul with pure love in his heart

    Submitted by MaryC on March 20, 2020  

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Surnames Frequency by Census Records


    According to the U.S. Census Bureau, Husband is ranked #9347 in terms of the most common surnames in America.

    The Husband surname appeared 3,480 times in the 2010 census and if you were to sample 100,000 people in the United States, approximately 1 would have the surname Husband.

    67.3% or 2,343 total occurrences were White.
    25.6% or 891 total occurrences were Black.
    3.9% or 137 total occurrences were of Hispanic origin.
    2% or 72 total occurrences were of two or more races.
    0.6% or 21 total occurrences were Asian.
    0.4% or 16 total occurrences were American Indian or Alaskan Native.

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British National Corpus

  1. Spoken Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'husband' in Spoken Corpus Frequency: #897

  2. Written Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'husband' in Written Corpus Frequency: #958

  3. Nouns Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'husband' in Nouns Frequency: #362

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of husband in Chaldean Numerology is: 8

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of husband in Pythagorean Numerology is: 6

Examples of husband in a Sentence

  1. Jackie Barden:

    (My husband) Mark and I still have a great life, and we really have to remember that, we are fortunate with what we have with the two of them.

  2. Kay White:

    We’re not electing a husband, we’re not electing a preacher, we’re electing a leader.

  3. Tania Owen:

    My husband for 29 years fought for victims’ rights to the point where he actually laid down his life for victims, i can tell you that no victim I ever encountered has ever said, ‘We don’t want these individuals held accountable and responsible to the full extent of the law.’.

  4. Mary Steward:

    Edgar was fabulous company and made my life for me, despite my fear, i came home and realized I was too old to work but no longer had a husband to look after. I felt pathetic but realized that I might have another 10 years to live so I might as well try and cure myself.

  5. Jane Fonda:

    My husband said he wanted to have a relationship with a redhead, so I dyed my hair.

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