Definition of thrift
1 : careful management especially of money
2 : a savings bank or savings and loan association —called also thrift institution
3 : healthy and vigorous growth
4 chiefly Scotland : gainful occupation
5 : any of a genus (Armeria) of low-growing perennial evergreen herbs of the plumbago family; especially : a tufted herb (A. maritima) with pink or white flower heads
Examples of thrift in a Sentence
Through hard work and thrift they sent all of their children to college.
through hard work and thrift our father was able to raise the money to put all four of us through college
Recent Examples of thrift from the Web
The nonprofit group is looking for people to help out in its thrift store, or in its office as client service assistants and caseworkers.
Top vehicle awards will be given and donations will be used to fund Home of the Sparrow, which has thrift stores in Mundelein and McHenry.
The East Hartford Senior Center's 'New to You' thrift store is seeking volunteers to help with two positions.
This magical moment was captured at a thrift store.
Early rising is usually considered an indication of thrift.
So it's been really nice searching through my closet and searching through eBay and thrift shops and looking for pieces that are vintage and feel worn.
Collect iced tea spoons from thrift shops, eBay, or the back of your drawer.
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Origin and Etymology of thrift
Middle English, from Old Norse, prosperity, from thrīfask to thrive
First Known Use: 13th century
THRIFT Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of thrift for English Language Learners
: careful use of money so that it is not wasted
: a business like a bank that is used for saving money : a savings bank or a savings and loan association
THRIFT Defined for Kids
Definition of thrift for Students
: careful management especially of money
Legal Definition of thrift
: an institution that promotes saving and provides mortgages; especially : savings and loan association —called also thrift institution
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