Definition of common-law husband noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary

 

common-law husband

 noun
noun
BrE
 
; NAmE
 
Marriage
 
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a man that a person has lived with for a long time and who is recognized (in some countries though not the UK) as a husband, without a formal marriage ceremony She lives with her common-law husband and their three children. See related entries: Marriage
See the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary entry: common-law husband