thrift

noun \ ˈthrift \
Updated on: 8 Nov 2017

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

  1. Through hard work and thrift they sent all of their children to college.

  2. 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

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Origin and Etymology of thrift

Middle English, from Old Norse, prosperity, from thrīfask to thrive



THRIFT Defined for English Language Learners

thrift

noun

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

thrift

noun \ ˈthrift \

Definition of thrift for Students

: careful management especially of money

Law Dictionary

thrift

noun

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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