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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.
  3. (initial capital letter) the department of government that has control over the collection, management, and disbursement of the public revenue.
  4. a building, room, chest, or other place for the preservation of treasure or valuable objects.
  5. a collection or supply of excellent or highly prized writings, works of art, etc.: a treasury of American poetry.
  6. Treasuries, Informal. Treasury bills, bonds, and notes.

Origin of treasury

1250–1300; Middle English tresorie < Old French. See treasure, -y3 Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018

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noun plural -uries
  1. a storage place for treasure
  2. the revenues or funds of a government, private organization, or individual
  3. a place where funds are kept and disbursed
  4. Also: treasure house a collection or source of valuable itemsa treasury of information

Word Origin for treasury

C13: from Old French tresorie, from tresor treasure


  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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Word Origin and History for treasury

late 13c., "room for treasure," from Old French tresorie (11c.), from tresor (see treasure). Meaning "department of state that controls public revenue" is recorded from late 14c. An Old English word for "room for treasure" was maðm-hus.

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