Husband
Husband Hus"band, n. [OE. hosebonde, husbonde, a husband, the master of the house or family, AS. h?sbonda master of the house; h?s house + bunda, bonda, householder, husband; prob. fr. Icel. h?sb[=o]ndi house master, husband; h?s house + b?andi dwelling, inhabiting, p. pr. of b?a to dwell; akin to AS. b?an, Goth. bauan. See {House Be}, and cf. {Bond} a slave, {Boor}.] 1. The male head of a household; one who orders the economy of a family. [Obs.] [1913 Webster]

2. A cultivator; a tiller; a husbandman. [Obs.] --Shak. [1913 Webster]

The painful husband, plowing up his ground. --Hakewill. [1913 Webster]

He is the neatest husband for curious ordering his domestic and field accommodations. --Evelyn. [1913 Webster]

3. One who manages or directs with prudence and economy; a frugal person; an economist. [R.] [1913 Webster]

God knows how little time is left me, and may I be a good husband, to improve the short remnant left me. --Fuller. [1913 Webster]

4. A married man; a man who has a wife; -- the correlative to wife. [1913 Webster]

The husband and wife are one person in law. --Blackstone. [1913 Webster]

5. The male of a pair of animals. [R.] --Dryden. [1913 Webster]

{A ship's husband} (Naut.), an agent representing the owners of a ship, who manages its expenses and receipts. [1913 Webster]


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