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.
Origin of economy
Synonyms for economy
Antonyms for economy
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
as a term in advertising, at first meant simply "cheaper" (1821), then "bigger and thus cheaper per unit or amount" (1950). See economy (n.).
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.