Husband vs. Spouse

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Main Difference

The main difference between Husband and Spouse is that the Husband is a male spouse; man who is married and Spouse is a partner in a marriage, civil union, domestic partnership or common-law marriage

  • Husband

    A husband is a male in a marital relationship, who may also be referred to as a spouse or partner. The rights and obligations of a husband regarding his spouse and others, and his status in the community and in law, vary between societies, cultures and have varied over time.

    In monogamous cultures, there are only two parties to a marriage, which is enforced by laws against bigamy and polygamy. Traditionally, the husband was regarded as the head of the household and was expected to be the sole provider or breadwinner, a role that continues in some cultures (sometimes described as paternalistic). Today, a husband is not necessarily considered the breadwinner of the family, especially if his spouse has a more financially rewarding occupation or career. In such cases, it is not uncommon for a husband to be considered a stay-at-home father if the married couple have children.

    The term continues to be applied to such a man who has separated from his spouse and ceases to be applied to him only when his marriage has come to an end following a legally recognized divorce or the death of his spouse. On the death of his spouse, a husband is referred to as a widower; after a divorce a man may be referred to as the “ex-husband” of his former spouse.

  • Spouse

    A spouse is a significant other in a marriage, civil union, or common-law marriage. The term is gender neutral, whereas a male spouse is a husband and a female spouse is a wife. Although a spouse is a form of significant other, the latter term also includes non-marital partners who play a social role similar to that of a spouse, but do not have rights and duties reserved by law to a spouse.

  • Husband (noun)

    The master of a house; the head of a family; a householder.

  • Husband (noun)

    A tiller of the ground; a husbandman.

  • Husband (noun)

    A prudent or frugal manager.

  • Husband (noun)

    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.”

  • Husband (noun)

    The male of a pair of animals.

  • Husband (noun)

    A manager of property; one who has the care of another’s belongings, owndom, or interests; a steward; an economist.

  • Husband (noun)

    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.”

  • Husband (noun)

    A polled tree; a pollard.

  • Husband (verb)

    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.”

  • Husband (verb)

    To conserve.

  • Husband (verb)

    To till; cultivate; farm; nurture.

  • Husband (verb)

    To provide with a husband.

  • Husband (verb)

    To engage or act as a husband to; assume the care of or responsibility for; accept as one’s own.

  • Spouse (noun)

    A person in a marriage or marital relationship.

    “People should treat their spouses with respect.”

  • Spouse (verb)

    To wed; to espouse.

  • Spouse (noun)

    a husband or wife, considered in relation to their partner.

Oxford Dictionary

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