[ trezh-er ]
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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.

  1. 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.

  1. to put away for security or future use, as money.

Origin of treasure

First recorded in 1125–75; (for the noun) Middle English tresor, from Old French, from Gallo-Romance trēsaurus (unrecorded), from Latin thēsaurus “storehouse, hoard” (see thesaurus); verb derivative of the noun

Other words for treasure

Other words from treasure

  • treas·ur·a·ble, adjective
  • treas·ure·less, adjective
  • un·treas·ur·a·ble, adjective
  • un·treas·ured, adjective Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2024

How to use treasure in a sentence

  • Yet, Monsieur Arden, I have discovered some of the best treasures the house contained, and they are at present in this room.

    Checkmate | Joseph Sheridan Le Fanu
  • Take care of a good name: for this shall continue with thee, more than a thousand treasures precious and great.

  • Six days of the week he worked, piling up the passing treasures of this world.

  • Ezechias shews all his treasures to the ambassadors of Babylon: upon which Isaias foretells the Babylonish captivity.

  • Over the mantel in our parlor we have a picture of the lion's den, and it is one of the choicest of our family treasures.

British Dictionary definitions for treasure


/ (ˈtrɛʒə) /

  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

  1. to prize highly as valuable, rare, or costly

  2. to store up and save; hoard

Origin of treasure

C12: from Old French tresor, from Latin thēsaurus anything hoarded, from Greek thēsauros

Derived forms of treasure

  • treasurable, adjective
  • treasureless, adjective

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