noun, plural e·con·o·mies.



in economy-class accommodations, or by economy-class conveyance: to travel economy.

Nearby words

  1. economist,
  2. economistic,
  3. economize,
  4. economizer,
  5. economo's disease,
  6. economy class,
  7. economy of scale,
  8. economy-class syndrome,
  9. economy-size,
  10. ecophysiology

Origin of economy

1520–30; (< Middle French economie) < Latin oeconomia < Greek oikonomíā household management, equivalent to oîko(s) house + -nomia -nomy

Related formsnon·e·con·o·my, noun, plural non·e·con·o·mies.sub·e·con·o·my, noun, plural sub·e·con·o··per·e·con·o·my, noun, plural su·per·e·con·o·mies. Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for economy


noun plural -mies

careful management of resources to avoid unnecessary expenditure or waste; thrift
a means or instance of this; saving
sparing, restrained, or efficient use, esp to achieve the maximum effect for the minimum efforteconomy of language
  1. the complex of human activities concerned with the production, distribution, and consumption of goods and services
  2. a particular type or branch of such production, distribution, and consumptiona socialist economy; an agricultural economy
the management of the resources, finances, income, and expenditure of a community, business enterprise, etc
  1. a class of travel in aircraft, providing less luxurious accommodation than first class at a lower fare
  2. (as modifier)economy class
(modifier) offering or purporting to offer a larger quantity for a lower priceeconomy pack
the orderly interplay between the parts of a system or structurethe economy of nature
philosophy the principle that, of two competing theories, the one with less ontological presupposition is to be preferred
archaic the management of household affairs; domestic economy

Word Origin for economy

C16: via Latin from Greek oikonomia domestic management, from oikos house + -nomia, from nemein to manage

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Word Origin and History for economy
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