Thrift meaning

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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.
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A mutual savings bank, savings and loan association, or credit union.
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A means of thriving; work; labor.
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Careful management of one's money or resources; economy; frugality.
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Another name for a savings and loan association, which is a depositary institution that issues mortgages and holds deposits for individuals. See also savings and loan.
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(uncountable) The characteristic of using a minimum of something (especially money).

His thrift can be seen in how little the trashman takes from his house.

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(countable, US) A savings bank.

Usually home mortgages are obtained from thrifts.

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(countable) Any of various plants of the genus Armeria, particularly Armeria maritima.
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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.

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Wise economy in the management of money and other resources; frugality.
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Vigorous growth of living things, such as plants.
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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.
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A savings and loan association, credit union, or savings bank.
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To shop in thrift stores, especially for clothing.
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Origin of thrift

  • Middle English prosperity perhaps from Old Norse from thrīfask to thrive thrive

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • From Old Norse þrift (“thriving condition, prosperity").

    From Wiktionary