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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

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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 on the Web No surprise to anyone who's ever transformed an old thrift-store dresser with one of Annie's cult-favorite paints: The lady can shop her way through a field of vintage furniture and handmade textiles better than just about anyone. Emma Bazilian, House Beautiful, "The Beginner's Guide to the Round Top Antiques Show," 24 Jan. 2020 Both were left outside the Sun Cities 4 Paws thrift store for unknown reasons and no information. Arizona Republic, azcentral, "Toki and more pets up for adoption in Phoenix-area shelters this week," 24 Jan. 2020 Making an announcement that its brand will step into a more eco-conscious lane is thredUP – the largest online thrift store. Nandi Howard, Essence, "ThredUP Is Letting You Know How Much Your Fashion Habits Impact The Environment," 23 Jan. 2020 The décor is deeply personal, with thrift-store teacups and antlers and Funko figurines. Kim Severson, New York Times, "After Culinary and Literary Acclaim, She’s Moving to the Woods," 21 Jan. 2020 To guide the McCain, Bordeaux relied upon a navigation system the Navy considered a triumph of technology and thrift. T. Christian Miller, ProPublica, "The Navy installed touch-screen steering systems to save money.," 20 Dec. 2019 Net bank and thrift closings totaled more than 11,000 between 2012 and 2018, according to S&P Global Market Intelligence data. Omar Abdel-baqui, Detroit Free Press, "Comerica moves to virtual tellers as US banks trim branches," 9 Dec. 2019 But in an impoverished region where unemployment is over 40%, recreation scarce and drugs and alcohol constant temptations, a few holes and a thrift store club can be a welcome diversion. Los Angeles Times, "‘Rez golf’: Where fairways are dirt and hazards include goats," 17 Oct. 2019 Eliana thrifts much of her clothing and resells it on Depop, a popular clothing resale app, under the handle @ElianasGasMoney. Taylor Lorenz, Outside Online, "Jennelle Eliana's Rise to Vanlife Stardom," 7 Sep. 2019

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First Known Use of thrift

13th century, in the meaning defined at sense 3

History and Etymology for thrift

Middle English, from Old Norse, prosperity, from thrīfask to thrive

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The first known use of thrift was in the 13th century

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7 Feb 2020

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“Thrift.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 17 Feb. 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of thrift

old-fashioned : careful use of money so that it is not wasted
US : a business like a bank that is used for saving money : a savings bank or a savings and loan association


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Kids Definition of thrift

: 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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