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from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. Wise economy in the management of money and other resources; frugality.
  • n. Vigorous growth of living things, such as plants.
  • n. 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.
  • n. A savings and loan association, credit union, or savings bank. Also called thrift institution.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. The characteristic of using a minimum of something (especially money).
  • n. A savings bank.
  • n. Any of various plants of the genus Armeria, particularly Armeria maritima.
  • n. Success and advance in the acquisition of property; increase of worldly goods; gain; prosperity.
  • n. Vigorous growth, as of a plant.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. A thriving state; good husbandry; economical management in regard to property; frugality.
  • n. Success and advance in the acquisition of property; increase of worldly goods; gain; prosperity.
  • n. Vigorous growth, as of a plant.
  • n. One of several species of flowering plants of the genera Statice and Armeria.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. The condition of one who thrives; luck; fortune; success; prosperity.
  • n. Frugality; economical management; economy; good husbandry.
  • n. A plant of the genus Armeria, of the order Plumbagineæ, a genus much resembling Statice, the marsh-rosemary, except that the flowers are gathered into globular heads.
  • n. Same as thrift-box.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. extreme care in spending money; reluctance to spend money unnecessarily
  • n. any of numerous sun-loving low-growing evergreens of the genus Armeria having round heads of pink or white flowers

Etymologies

Middle English, prosperity, perhaps from Old Norse, from thrīfask, to thrive; see thrive.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Old Norse þrift ("thriving condition, prosperity"). (Wiktionary)

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