[ trezh-er ]
/ ˈtrɛʒ ər /


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.

verb (used with object), treas·ured, treas·ur·ing.

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.

Nearby words

  1. treason,
  2. treasonable,
  3. treasonous,
  4. treasonously,
  5. treasr.,
  6. treasure flower,
  7. treasure house,
  8. treasure hunt,
  9. treasure island,
  10. treasure state

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 Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for treasures


/ (ˈtrɛʒə) /


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

verb (tr)

to prize highly as valuable, rare, or costly
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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