One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
A steward or manager of the properties and finances of a religious foundation or society; a steward of a college.
Early 16th century. From post-classical Latin oeconomus housekeeper, steward, administrator, especially of a religious foundation (early 3rd cent. in Tertullian; also economus, iconomus, and yconomus) from ancient Greek οἰκονόμος house-steward from οἶκος house + -νόμος, combining form from the stem of νέμειν to manage.
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