- The quality of being frugal; prudent economy; thrift.
1811, Jane Austen, Sense and Sensibility, Chapter 47:
- Your sense of honour and honesty would have led you, I know, when aware of your situation, to attempt all the economy that would appear to you possible; and, perhaps, as long as your frugality retrenched only on your own comfort, you might have been suffered to practice it, but beyond that—
- A sparing use; sparingness.
quality of being frugal; prudent economy; thrift