1. A thriving state; good husbandry; economical management in regard to property; frugality. The rest, . . . Willing to fall to thrift, prove very good husbands. (Spenser)
2. Success and advance in the acquisition of property; increase of worldly goods; gain; prosperity. Your thrift is gone full clean. I have a mind presages me such thrift. (Shak)
3. Vigorous growth, as of a plant.
4. (Science: botany) One of several species of flowering plants of the genera Statice and Armeria.
(Science: botany) Common thrift, Armeria vulgaris; also called sea pink.
Synonym: Frugality, economy, prosperity, gain, profit.
Origin: Icel. Rift. See Thrive.