from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • noun The act or practice of cultivating crops and breeding and raising livestock; agriculture.
  • noun The application of scientific principles to agriculture, especially to animal breeding.
  • noun Careful management or conservation of resources; economy.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun Management of domestic affairs; domestic economy; frugality; thrift.
  • noun The business of a husbandman or farmer; farming; agriculture.
  • noun The product of husbandry or of cultivated soil.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • noun Care of domestic affairs; economy; domestic management; thrift.
  • noun The business of a husbandman, comprehending the various branches of agriculture; farming.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • noun The raising of livestock and the cultivation of crops; agriculture
  • noun The prudent management or conservation of resources

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • noun the practice of cultivating the land or raising stock


from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

[Middle English husbondri, from huseband, husband; see husband.]


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  • agriculture; farming

    July 22, 2007

  • "Husbandry was not practiced, for no mammals walked these isles until passing whalers willfully marooned pigs here to propagate a parlor" (Mitchell, Cloud Atlas, 011.3).

    January 22, 2010

  • A pig parlour?

    January 22, 2010

  • Ancient poetry and mythology suggest, at least, that husbandry was once a sacred art; but it is pursued with irreverent haste and heedlessness by us, our object being to have large farms and large crops merely.

    Henry David Thoreau, Walden

    August 25, 2011