The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:
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
1. The male head of a household; one who orders the economy
of a family. [Obs.]
2. A cultivator; a tiller; a husbandman. [Obs.] --Shak.
The painful husband, plowing up his ground.
He is the neatest husband for curious ordering his
domestic and field accommodations. --Evelyn.
3. One who manages or directs with prudence and economy; a
frugal person; an economist. [R.]
God knows how little time is left me, and may I be a
good husband, to improve the short remnant left me.
4. A married man; a man who has a wife; -- the correlative to
The husband and wife are one person in law.
5. The male of a pair of animals. [R.] --Dryden.
A ship's husband (Naut.), an agent representing the owners
of a ship, who manages its expenses and receipts.