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Definition of "thrift" []

  • Wise economy in the management of money and other resources; frugality. (noun)
  • Vigorous growth of living things, such as plants. (noun)
  • Any of several densely tufted plants of the genus Armeria, especially A. maritima, having white to pink flower heads with a funnel-shaped scarious calyx. (noun)
  • A savings and loan association, credit union, or savings bank. Also called thrift institution. (noun)

American Heritage(R) Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright (c) 2011 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

Use "thrift" in a sentence
  • ""It's the art of using what we've got," said Levesque, who also operates what he describes as a "thrift store for house parts" in San Francisco."
  • "I would argue that, unless you're stuffing your dollars in a mattress, "thrift" is itself just another form of consumption."
  • "And given Cameron's current obsession with the word 'thrift', is the forthcoming Conservative government any more likely to see it become one?"