From talo (house) +‎ -us.


  • IPA(key): /ˈtɑlous/, [ˈt̪ɑlo̞us̠]
  • Rhymes: -ɑlous
  • Syllabification: ta‧lo‧us


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  1. economy
  2. finance
  3. a system that maintains something
    Elimistön lämpö-, energiatalous.
    The heat and energy management systems of an organ system.
  4. an independently acting and managed economic unit, especially in terms of food procurement and cooking, such as a household or a larger organization that feeds its members
    Kahden hengen talous.
    A two-person household.


Inflection of talous (Kotus type 40/kalleus, t-d gradation)
nominative talous taloudet
genitive talouden talouksien
partitive taloutta talouksia
illative talouteen talouksiin
singular plural
nominative talous taloudet
accusative nom. talous taloudet
gen. talouden
genitive talouden talouksien
partitive taloutta talouksia
inessive taloudessa talouksissa
elative taloudesta talouksista
illative talouteen talouksiin
adessive taloudella talouksilla
ablative taloudelta talouksilta
allative taloudelle talouksille
essive taloutena talouksina
translative taloudeksi talouksiksi
instructive talouksin
abessive taloudetta talouksitta
comitative talouksineen
Possessive forms of talous (type kalleus)
possessor singular plural
1st person talouteni taloutemme
2nd person taloutesi taloutenne
3rd person taloutensa

Usage notesEdit

  • When used to refer to a unit that manages its economic aspects, -talous is used as part of some compound words to describe different units. ruokatalous is used to refer to the food aspect more specifically, while suurtalous refers to a large unit.


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