[ trezh-uh-ree ]
/ ˈtrɛʒ ə ri /
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noun, plural treas·ur·ies.

a place where the funds of the government, of a corporation, or the like are deposited, kept, and disbursed.
funds or revenue of a government, public or private corporation, etc.
(initial capital letter) the department of government that has control over the collection, management, and disbursement of the public revenue.
a building, room, chest, or other place for the preservation of treasure or valuable objects.
a collection or supply of excellent or highly prized writings, works of art, etc.: a treasury of American poetry.
Treasuries, Informal. Treasury bills, bonds, and notes.



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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) /

noun plural -uries

a storage place for treasure
the revenues or funds of a government, private organization, or individual
a place where funds are kept and disbursed
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

British Dictionary definitions for treasury (2 of 2)

/ (ˈtrɛʒərɪ) /


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