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  1. wealth or riches stored or accumulated, especially in the form of precious metals, money, jewels, or plate.
  2. wealth, rich materials, or valuable things.
  3. any thing or person greatly valued or highly prized: This book was his chief treasure.
verb (used with object), treas·ured, treas·ur·ing.
  1. to retain carefully or keep in store, as in the mind.
  2. to regard or treat as precious; cherish.
  3. to put away for security or future use, as money.

Origin of treasure

1125–75; (noun) Middle English tresor < Old French < Latin thēsaurus storehouse, hoard (see thesaurus); (v.) Middle English, derivative of the noun
Related formstreas·ur·a·ble, adjectivetreas·ure·less, adjectiveun·treas·ur·a·ble, adjectiveun·treas·ured, adjective

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1, 6. hoard. 5. value, esteem. Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018

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Contemporary Examples of treasured

Historical Examples of treasured

  • Only about the hospital—but Le Moyne had kept the note, treasured it!


    Mary Roberts Rinehart

  • It was apparent that she had not only caught it, but had treasured it in her memory—perhaps in her heart.

    The Secret Agent

    Joseph Conrad

  • He prized him as an heir rather than treasured him as a son.

    Night and Morning, Complete

    Edward Bulwer-Lytton

  • The Egyptians treasured in their homes the mummies of their dead.

  • But the wrongs society has heaped upon me are treasured in this breast.'

    Little Dorrit

    Charles Dickens

British Dictionary definitions for treasured


  1. wealth and riches, usually hoarded, esp in the form of money, precious metals, or gems
  2. a thing or person that is highly prized or valued
verb (tr)
  1. to prize highly as valuable, rare, or costly
  2. to store up and save; hoard
Derived Formstreasurable, adjectivetreasureless, adjective

Word Origin for treasure

C12: from Old French tresor, from Latin thēsaurus anything hoarded, from Greek thēsauros
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Word Origin and History for treasured



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.

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