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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 Thrift donations were difficult, however, because the Mission was forced to close its thrift store for a time. Megan Woodward,, "‘It’s been a journey’: Some Carroll County donation services see increase in contributions during pandemic," 21 Dec. 2020 The RealReal, a second-hand luxury goods store, went public in summer 2019, and ThredUp, an online thrift store, is planning to file for an initial public offering, according to media reports. Shwanika Narayan,, "Poshmark files for IPO: Bay Area used clothing seller says it’s profitable," 18 Dec. 2020 Before cottagecore, the Creative Learning Fund, or upcycling blew up on TikTok, there were thrift hauls., "Gen Z Is Using Fashion TikTok To Fight Climate Change. Will It Work?," 25 Sep. 2020 The prosecution of savings and loan operators and borrowers increased during his tenure as the nation faced a growing crisis in the thrift industry. Fox News, "Dick Thornburgh, ex-Pa. governor and US attorney general, dead at 88," 1 Jan. 2021 The prosecution of savings and loan operators and borrowers increased during his tenure as the nation faced a growing crisis in the thrift industry. Mark Scolforo,, "Dick Thornburgh, ex-governor and US attorney general, dies," 31 Dec. 2020 The Salvation Army’s thrift stores as a separate funding stream are also projected to take a $150 million hit this year. Sally Ho, The Christian Science Monitor, "Americans are giving more than ever to charities. Is it enough?," 14 Dec. 2020 The secondhand clothing market is composed of two major categories, thrift stores and resale platforms. Quartz, "Secondhand clothing sales are booming—and may help solve fashion’s sustainability crisis," 17 Nov. 2020 Keep an eye out at thrift stores, or consider getting crafty and building your own board -- plenty of tutorials online. Price: $20-$50, variations on board available. Anne Nickoloff, cleveland, "Talking about board games for holiday play with people in your coronavirus bubble," 14 Nov. 2020

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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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“Thrift.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 9 Mar. 2021.

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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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