From Middle English husbonde, housbonde, 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", originally, "dweller”).
Bond in turn represents a formation derived from the present participle of WestScand. búa, EastScand. bôa = to build, 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 husbond (“husband”) (< Old Danish husbonde).
husband (plural husbands)
- (obsolete) The master of a house; the head of a family; a householder.
- (obsolete) A tiller of the ground; a husbandman.
- (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.
- (Can we date this quote?) William Blackstone
- The husband and wife are one person in law.
- 1913, Mrs. [Marie] Belloc Lowndes, chapter I, in The Lodger, London: Methuen, OCLC 7780546; republished in Novels of Mystery: The Lodger; The Story of Ivy; What Really Happened, New York, N.Y.: Longmans, Green and Co., 55 Fifth Avenue, , OCLC 2666860, page 0016:
- A great bargain also had been […] the arm-chair in which Bunting now sat forward, staring into the dull, small fire. In fact, that arm-chair had been an extravagance of Mrs. Bunting. She had wanted her husband to be comfortable after the day's work was done, and she had paid thirty-seven shillings for the chair.
- The male of a pair of animals.
- (Can we find and add a quotation of Dryden to this entry?)
- (Britain) 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.
- (Britain dialectal) A polled tree; a pollard.
- See also Thesaurus:husband
- (transitive) To manage or administer carefully and frugally; use to the best advantage; economise.
- For my means, I'll husband them so well, / They shall go far. — Shakespeare.
- (transitive) To conserve.
- (transitive, obsolete) To till; cultivate; farm; nurture.
- (transitive) To provide with a husband.
- (Can we find and add a quotation of Shakespeare to this entry?)
- (transitive) To engage or act as a husband to; assume the care of or responsibility for; accept as one's own.
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