noun, plural e·con·o·mies.
- the divine plan for humanity, from creation through redemption to final beatitude.
- the method of divine administration, as at a particular time or for a particular race.
- economo's disease,
- economy class,
- economy of scale,
- economy-class syndrome,
Origin of economy
Examples from the Web for economy
Unlike the Soviet Union at a certain period in history, the Russian economy does not hold a candle to that of the United States.
The economy has begun to add jobs, but the quality of those jobs is an increasing concern.
Sometimes a column has the economy and rhythm of a short story.
Improving an economy is a lot harder with only half the population working.
The irony has thinned with the economy, perhaps: Who can really afford just to pretend to DIY today?Glenn Beck Is Now Selling Hipster Clothes. Really.|Ana Marie Cox|December 20, 2014|DAILY BEAST
I am satisfied now that my duties do not lie here, though the dear creatures here will be a constant motive for work and economy.George Eliot's Life, Vol. I (of 3)|George Eliot
And it is because they serve necessary uses in their own economy that they are found so necessary in the economy of man.The Quiver 3/1900|Anonymous
Man thirsted and nature satisfied; the economy of the world was thus balanced and all was well.The Bondboy|George W. (George Washington) Ogden
One of the street sweepers used to teach in the school until it was shut up for the sake of economy.Augustus Does His Bit|George Bernard Shaw
In an economy of complete abundance, there is little reason for repair of basic commodities.Mercenary|Dallas McCord Reynolds
noun plural -mies
- the complex of human activities concerned with the production, distribution, and consumption of goods and services
- a particular type or branch of such production, distribution, and consumptiona socialist economy; an agricultural economy
- a class of travel in aircraft, providing less luxurious accommodation than first class at a lower fare
- (as modifier)economy class
Word Origin for economy
1530s, "household management," from Latin oeconomia, from Greek oikonomia "household management, thrift," from oikonomos "manager, steward," from oikos "house" (cognate with Latin vicus "district," vicinus "near;" Old English wic "dwelling, village;" see villa) + nomos "managing," from nemein "manage" (see numismatics). The sense of "wealth and resources of a country" (short for political economy) is from 1650s.
as a term in advertising, at first meant simply "cheaper" (1821), then "bigger and thus cheaper per unit or amount" (1950). See economy (n.).