husband Definition

a married man considered in relation to his spouse.

Using husband: Examples

Take a moment to familiarize yourself with how "husband" can be used in various situations through the following examples!

  • Example

    My husband and I have been married for 10 years.

  • Example

    She is looking for a husband who shares her interests.

  • Example

    He is a devoted husband and father.

  • Example

    The husband and wife run the business together.

husband Synonyms and Antonyms

Synonyms for husband

Idioms Using husband

  • a man who is excessively controlled or dominated by his wife


    He is often referred to as a henpecked husband because he always does what his wife tells him to do.

  • old ball and chain (wife)

    a humorous way of referring to one's wife, often implying that she is a burden or nuisance


    He jokingly refers to his wife as his old ball and chain.

  • to bring a husband under control or make him behave properly


    She had to take her husband to heel when he started acting out of line.

Phrases with husband

  • ex-husband

    a man who was previously married to someone but is no longer married to them


    Her ex-husband still pays alimony.

  • a man who will become someone's husband in the future


    She is excited to meet her future husband.

  • common-law husband

    a man who lives with a woman and is considered legally married to her, even though they have not gone through a formal marriage ceremony


    They have been living together as common-law husband and wife for five years.

Origins of husband

from Old Norse 'hūsbōndi', meaning 'master of a house'


Summary: husband in Brief

A 'husband' [ˈhʌzbənd] is a married man considered in relation to his spouse. It is used to refer to a man who is married or in a long-term committed relationship with a woman. The term is often used in phrases like 'ex-husband,' 'future husband,' and 'common-law husband.' Idioms like 'henpecked husband' and 'old ball and chain' are used humorously to describe the relationship between a husband and wife.

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