[ trezh-uh-ree ]
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noun,plural treas·ur·ies.
  1. a place where the funds of the government, of a corporation, or the like are deposited, kept, and disbursed.

  2. funds or revenue of a government, public or private corporation, etc.

  1. (initial capital letter) the department of government that has control over the collection, management, and disbursement of the public revenue.

  2. a building, room, chest, or other place for the preservation of treasure or valuable objects.

  3. a collection or supply of excellent or highly prized writings, works of art, etc.: a treasury of American poetry.

  4. Treasuries, Informal. Treasury bills, bonds, and notes.

Origin of treasury

1250–1300; Middle English tresorie<Old French. See treasure, -y3

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British Dictionary definitions for treasury (1 of 2)


/ (ˈtrɛʒərɪ) /

nounplural -uries
  1. a storage place for treasure

  2. the revenues or funds of a government, private organization, or individual

  1. a place where funds are kept and disbursed

  2. Also: treasure house a collection or source of valuable items: a treasury of information

Origin of treasury

C13: from Old French tresorie, from tresor treasure

British Dictionary definitions for Treasury (2 of 2)


/ (ˈtrɛʒərɪ) /

  1. (in various countries) the government department in charge of finance. In Britain the Treasury is also responsible for economic strategy

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