Nearby words

  1. saveloy,
  2. saver,
  3. savery,
  4. savigny,
  5. savin,
  6. saving grace,
  7. saving grace, a,
  8. savingly,
  9. savings,
  10. savings account

Origin of saving

Middle English word dating back to 1250–1300; see origin at save1, -ing2, -ing1

2. restoring, redemptory, qualifying.

Related formssav·ing·ly, adverbnon·sav·ing, adjectiveun·sav·ing, adjectiveun·sav·ing·ly, adverb Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for savings

British Dictionary definitions for savings



tending to save or preserve
redeeming or compensating (esp in the phrase saving grace)
thrifty or economical
law denoting or relating to an exception or reservationa saving clause in an agreement


preservation or redemption, esp from loss or danger
economy or avoidance of waste
reduction in cost or expenditurea saving of 100 dollars
anything saved
(plural) money saved for future use
law an exception or reservation


with the exception of


Derived Formssavingly, adverb

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Word Origin and History for savings
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