[ mak-roh-ek-uh-nom-iks, -ee-kuh- ]
/ ˌmæk roʊˌɛk əˈnɒm ɪks, -ˌi kə- /

noun (used with a singular verb)

the branch of economics dealing with the broad and general aspects of an economy, as the relationship between the income and investments of a country as a whole.

Nearby words

  1. macrocytosis,
  2. macrodactyly,
  3. macrodome,
  4. macrodontia,
  5. macroeconomic,
  6. macroetch,
  7. macroevolution,
  8. macroform,
  9. macrofossil,
  10. macrogamete

Origin of macroeconomics

First recorded in 1945–50; macro- + economics

Related formsmac·ro·ec·o·nom·ic, adjectivemac·ro·e·con·o·mist [mak-roh-i-kon-uh-mist] /ˌmæk roʊ ɪˈkɒn ə mɪst/, noun Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

British Dictionary definitions for macroeconomics


/ (ˌmækrəʊˌiːkəˈnɒmɪks, -ˌɛk-) /


(functioning as singular) the branch of economics concerned with aggregates, such as national income, consumption, and investmentCompare microeconomics
Derived Formsmacroeconomic, adjective

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Word Origin and History for macroeconomics



also macro-economics, 1948, from macroeconomic; also see -ics.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

Culture definitions for macroeconomics


The part of economic theory that deals with aggregates, such as national income, total employment, and total consumption. (Compare microeconomics.)

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