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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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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 Hit up your local thrift store to snag vintage materials, like ornate bowls and plates to create this makeup holder for cheap. Kelsey Stiegman, Seventeen, "11 DIY Mother's Day Gifts That Will Make Her Feel All *Sparkly* Inside," 4 Apr. 2019 Halloween is still a few months away, but one North Carolina thrift store has temporarily turned into a little shop of horrors. Elizabeth Gulino, House Beautiful, "A Thrift Store Had to Warn Customers That a Certain Piece of Furniture Was Haunted," 20 Mar. 2019 The other way is to rummage through the selection at a thrift or army surplus store for an external-frame backpack. Joe Jackson, Outside Online, "Put Together Your Next Backpacking Setup for $300," 1 June 2018 It’s mostly modern furniture, with a few thrift store or estate sale elements mixed in. Candace Braun Davison, House Beautiful, "I Used Facebook Marketplace to Decorate My Entire Living Room for Next to Nothing," 13 Mar. 2019 Smith was a regular at the thrift store in East London that the 24-year-old Abbott worked at a few years ago—but that video was Abbott’s first-ever solo styling gig. Rachel Hahn, Vogue, "Awards Season Is in Full Swing and Jorja Smith’s Red Carpet Style Has Never Been Better," 27 Feb. 2019 ThredUp, an online thrift store, accepts used clothes and accessories and gives $5 to charity for every preordered donation bag customers contribute. Woman's Day Staff, Woman's Day, "9 New Ways to Donate Your Clothes," 27 Feb. 2019 And everywhere, there are ceramics, either in the form of light fixtures made by local artisan Heather Levine or as pottery picked up at thrift stores. Kathryn O’shea-evans, House Beautiful, "How Celeb-Favorite Designer Jeff Andrews Created His Own Glamorous L.A. Haven," 14 Feb. 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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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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