What does the word thrift mean?

Usage examples for thrift

  1. In short, the North was developing that capital, energy, ingenuity and thrift and use of mechanical inventions, the lack of which was the greatest weakness of the South. – A History of the Republican Party by George Washington Platt
  2. It is an amusing illustration of the agricultural thrift and republican simplicity of this people that on one occasion a farmer proposed to Prince Maurice that he should marry his daughter, promising with her a dowry of a hundred thousand florins. – History of the United Netherlands, 1609 by John Lothrop Motley
  3. There are many millionaires in the city, but the old habits of German thrift persist. – Face to Face with Kaiserism by James W. Gerard