- Thrift is defined as careful management of money, or savings bank or credit union, or a plant which is a member of the genus Armeria, family Plumbaginaceae and order Plumbaginales.
- An example of thrift is careful budgeting.
- An example of a thrift is the Rock Rose.
thrift definition by Webster's New World
- the condition of thriving; prosperity
- physical thriving; vigorous growth
- careful management of one's money or resources; economy; frugality
- any of a genus (Armeria, family Plumbaginaceae) of dwarf, evergreen, perennial dicotyledonous plants (order Plumbaginales) with narrow leaves and small, white, pink, red, or purplish flowers
- ☆ a mutual savings bank, savings and loan association, or credit union: usually used in pl.in full thrift institution
- Brit., Dialectal a means of thriving; work; labor
Origin: Middle English ; from Old Norse ; from thrifast, to prosper: see thrive
thrift definition by American Heritage Dictionary
- Wise economy in the management of money and other resources; frugality.
- Vigorous growth of living things, such as plants.
- 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.
- A savings and loan association, credit union, or savings bank. Also called thrift institution.
Origin: Middle English, prosperity, perhaps from Old Norse, from thrīfask, to thrive; see thrive.