- 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 treasures
The treasures found within the capsule were mostly records that reflected those immediately involved with its planning.New York’s Century-Old Time Capsule Is a Dud
October 8, 2014
The local people open their homes to show off their treasures inside: artworks, Shoji screens, their homes.Bar-Hopping With the Kyoto Geisha
September 1, 2014
Uncovering these treasures in Iraq has posed a special set of challenges for excavators.Iraq’s Long-Lost Mythical Temple Has Been Found…and Is In Danger of Disappearing Again
July 24, 2014
At home, war has focused their attention on that most Ukrainian of treasures: a larder of homegrown preserves.Mom and Pop on Ukraine’s Battle Line
June 2, 2014
Edison-bulb chandeliers and other treasures tempt you from the display windows of The Paris Market.Who Knew Savannah Was The South’s Secret Urban Oasis?
May 9, 2014
Always work had stolen from him these treasures—dreams, recreation and knowledge.Dust
Mr. and Mrs. Haldeman-Julius
What art thou when the 'winds' come roaring 'out of their treasures?'Female Scripture Biographies, Vol. I
Francis Augustus Cox
She put her two treasures in her pocket, and gave him the other.Tiverton Tales
Here were the treasures of the water-course, close hidden, or blowing in the light of day.
It began to seem to her as if the invader might pack up her mother's treasures and walk off with them.
- 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 treasures
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.