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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

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People would wander in and clear away cans, still in their thrift-store prom dresses, or eat cold hangover pizza with no pants on. Aimée Lutkin, Curbed, "Losing a home you’ve already left," 6 June 2019 Random thrift stores in obscure areas of Los Angeles. Amy Mackelden, Harper's BAZAAR, "TRACE Tackles Loneliness and L.A. Living in "All My Friends"," 17 May 2019 Check vintage and thrift stores for a set that's unique, and potentially other fun finds like old roadmaps and kitschy drawings. Sara-mae Albert, ELLE Decor, "How to Be the Ultimate Weekend Host for Out-of-Town Guests," 15 May 2019 Dikk has found many of these gems by rummaging through piles of thrift store books. Kate Bennis, Good Housekeeping, "Watch This Instagrammer Test Some Seriously Bizarre Retro Recipes," 12 Dec. 2018 For quite a while now, Tazi has been cultivating her style—something that could be described as a sassy, thrift-loving bombshell in 2018. Liana Satenstein, Vogue, "Get to Know Dounia Tazi, a Fashion Nova–Loving Modern Day Bombshell," 12 Nov. 2018 Local nonprofits and businesses Look into local organizations like homeless shelters, domestic violence shelters, and thrift stories that may welcome furniture and home goods donations. Jenny Xie, Curbed, "Where to donate furniture and household items," 8 Nov. 2018 The audit, which described Lincoln as a thrift reeling out of control, sat on a shelf. azcentral, "John McCain gets into 'a hell of a mess' with the Keating Five scandal," 2 Apr. 2018 The takeaway here is that Brooks is probably spending a decent chunk of his Yale money at the thrift store, buying outfits for all these dates. Jessica Macleish, Teen Vogue, "A Ranking of All the Dates in Noah Centineo's "The Perfect Date"," 12 Apr. 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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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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