English Dictionary

Pioneers in dictionary publishing since 1819

husband (ˈhʌzbənd



  1. one's (male) partner in marriage; a married man
  2. (archaic)
    1. a manager of an estate
    2. a frugal person



  1. to manage or use (resources, finances, etc) thriftily
  2. (archaic)
    1. (transitive) to find a husband for
    2. to marry (a man)
  3. (transitive) (obsolete) to till (the soil)

Derived Forms

ˈhusbander  noun
ˈhusbandless  adjective

Word Origin

Old English hūsbonda, from Old Norse hūsbōndi, from hūs house + bōndi one who has a household, from bōa to dwell


View thesaurus entry
= partner, man (informal), spouse, hubby (informal), mate, old man (informal), bridegroom, significant other (US) (informal), better half (humorous), squeeze (informal), bidie-in (Scottish)
= conserve, budget, use sparingly, save, store, hoard, economize on, use economically, manage thriftily

Quotations including 'husband'

  • "Thy husband is thy lord, thy life, thy keeper,Thy head, thy sovereign; one that cares for thee,And for thy maintenance commits his bodyTo painful labour both by sea and land" [William Shakespeare
  • "An archaeologist is the best husband any woman can have; the older she gets, the more interested he is in her" [Agatha Christie]
  • "Being a husband is a full-time job. That is why so many husbands fail. They cannot give their entire attention to it" [Arnold Bennett
  • "An early-rising man ... a good spouse but a bad husband" [Gabriel García Márquez
  • "A husband is what is left of the lover after the nerve has been extracted" [Helen Rowland
  • "The majority of husbands remind me of an orang-utan trying to play the violin" [Honoré de Balzac
  • "A good husband should be deaf and a good wife blind" [French proverb]

Translations for 'husband'

  • British English: husband A woman's husband is the man she is married to.She married her husband in 2007.ˈhʌzbənd NOUN
  • Arabic: زَوْجٌ
  • Brazilian Portuguese: marido
  • Chinese: 丈夫
  • Croatian: muž
  • Czech: manžel
  • Danish: mand
  • Dutch: echtgenoot
  • European Spanish: marido
  • Finnish: aviomies
  • French: mari
  • German: Ehemann Ehemänner
  • Greek: σύζυγος
  • Italian: marito
  • Japanese:
  • Korean: 남편
  • Norwegian: ektemann ektemenn
  • Polish: mąż
  • Portuguese: marido
  • Romanian: soț soți
  • Russian: муж
  • Spanish: marido
  • Swedish: manmake
  • Thai: สามี
  • Turkish: koca
  • Ukrainian: чоловік
  • Vietnamese: chồngvợ

Example Sentences Including 'husband'

She sat down and smoothed her skirts before glancing at her new husband.
Jennifer Fallon TREASON KEEP (2001)
Damin is the only thing standing between you and the husband you seem so determined to desert.
Jennifer Fallon TREASON KEEP (2001)
Weldon's disappearance has got nothing to do with your husband.
Hugo Wilcken THE EXECUTION (2002)


Log in to comment on this word.