\ ˈthrift How to pronounce thrift (audio) \

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 on the Web The costume designer imagined these girls as the type who would scour racks at Barneys for inspiration, then hit up Valley thrift stores and boutiques on Melrose to assemble outfits. Keaton Bell, Vogue, 27 Apr. 2022 After facing endless frustration with the lack of plus sizes in local resale, consignment, and thrift stores, Adrienne Ray founded Curve Conscious, which carries sizes 12-28. Samantha Olson, Seventeen, 26 Apr. 2022 Baumeister, 49, was the wealthy owner of Sav-A-Lot thrift stores. Krista Johnson, The Courier-Journal, 6 Apr. 2022 Think of most thrift stores, with their piles of clothing, broken up by clothing style category rather than gender. Mercedes Viera,, 16 Mar. 2022 Salvation Army took in $424 million in sales from its thrift stores, according to its latest annual report. Irina Ivanova, CBS News, 11 Mar. 2022 Even with film returning to the market, the Fuersts had amassed a good deal of thrift store Polaroids. PCMAG, 9 Mar. 2022 Home Start also offers a variety of services to help clients become self-sufficient and employed, sometimes with jobs at its thrift store at 3611 Adams Ave. Gary Warth, San Diego Union-Tribune, 2 Mar. 2022 Any old aluminum pole from a thrift store, yard sale, or rental shop will get the job done. Megan Michelson, Outside Online, 22 Feb. 2022 See More

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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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8 May 2022

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“Thrift.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 16 May. 2022.

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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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