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 of thrift from the Web
How have these synthetic, neon, bum bags made their way out of thrift stores and our Generation Y parent's closets?
Also reporting mass layoffs was thrift store chain Savers, based in Bellevue, Wash., which appears to be closing two more stores in addition to the five Chicago-area store closures announced in the spring.
On the last day of Lilith, my tour manager went out with some of the male crew to the thrift stores and bought sundresses for all the crew, and did the load-in and load-out in work boots and sundresses.
For every boutique, though, the German capital has a dozen thrift stores, packed with unique pieces—all affordable and meaningful opportunities for self-expression.
Amy Wolinski of Monkton, who attended WOO’s swap on a recent Saturday, emphasized that thrift stores like Goodwill and Salvation Army are more eco-friendly and cost-effective options compared to purchasing new clothes.
Formerly a thrift shop with a basement and a single-car parking garage, the bi-level space was recently transformed by architect Dennis George and Anishka Clarke and Niya Bascom of Ishka Designs.
Thrift won the award at the tour’s final 2017 regular-season event, on the Potomac River.
My cutest summer skirts have come from thrift shops and consignment stores.
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Origin and Etymology of thrift
Middle English, from Old Norse, prosperity, from thrīfask to thrive
First Known Use: 13th centurySee Words from the same year
THRIFT Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of thrift for English Language Learners
: careful use of money so that it is not wasted
: a business like a bank that is used for saving money : a savings bank or a savings and loan association
THRIFT Defined for Kids
Definition of thrift for Students
: 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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