- wealth or riches stored or accumulated, especially in the form of precious metals, money, jewels, or plate.
- wealth, rich materials, or valuable things.
- any thing or person greatly valued or highly prized: This book was his chief treasure.
- to retain carefully or keep in store, as in the mind.
- to regard or treat as precious; cherish.
- to put away for security or future use, as money.
Origin of treasure
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Examples from the Web for treasure
Storage containers hold a treasure trove of mascara, lipstick, blush, and other makeup.Inside A Finishing School for Transwomen
December 27, 2014
Going to the library was like a treasure hunt, an expedition.The Singular Artist of New Yorkistan
November 14, 2014
In the special, Workman plays the old man who, as a cabin boy, watched the pirates bury their treasure.Garfield Television: The Cat Who Saved Primetime Cartoons
November 5, 2014
All Americans were included because the huzzahs focused on a treasure said to be held by every citizen: Liberty.128 Years Old and Still a Looker: Happy Birthday to Lady Liberty
October 28, 2014
After Blumenfeld died his family feuded over his treasure trove of pictures and negatives.Vogue Photographer Erwin Blumenfeld: Secrets of a Fashion Legend
September 14, 2014
Where this treasure is, there, naturally enough, our hearts will be also.
In other words, they bequeath us a treasure which we are free to enrich with our own discoveries.
That something hidden away in my nature, like a treasure in a field, is Humility.De Profundis
For all that, I know very well what a treasure I possess in Andrew the carpenter.Rico and Wiseli
And when I had recovered them all, even to the smallest, I took my treasure home.Green Mansions
W. H. Hudson
- wealth and riches, usually hoarded, esp in the form of money, precious metals, or gems
- a thing or person that is highly prized or valued
- to prize highly as valuable, rare, or costly
- to store up and save; hoard
Word Origin and History for treasure
mid-12c., from Old French tresor "treasury, treasure" (11c.), from Gallo-Romance *tresaurus, from Latin thesaurus "treasury, treasure" (cf. Spanish, Italian tesoro), from Greek thesauros "store, treasure, treasure house" (see thesaurus). Replaced Old English goldhord. General sense of "anything valued" is recorded from c.1200. Treasure hunt is first recorded 1913. For treasure trove, see trove.
late 14c., "to amass treasure; to store up for the future," also figurative, from treasure (n.). Related: Treasured; treasuring.