American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- n. A place in which treasure is kept.
- n. A place in which private or public funds are received, kept, managed, and disbursed.
- n. Such funds or revenues.
- n. A collection of literary or artistic treasures: a treasury of English verse.
- n. The department of a government in charge of the collection, management, and expenditure of the public revenue.
- n. A security, such as a note, issued by the U.S. Treasury.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A house, room, or chest where treasure is laid up.
- n. Figuratively, that wherein something precious is stored or secured; a repository.
- n. Specifically, a place where the public revenues are deposited and kept, and where money is disbursed to defray the expenses of government; also, a place where the funds of an incorporated company or private society are deposited and disbursed.
- n. A department of government which has control over the collection, management, and expenditure of the public revenue. See Department of the Treasury, under department. The duties of this department of the British government are now performed by a board of five lords commissioners instead of a lord high treasurer, as formerly. The chief of these commissioners, or first lord of the treasury, is usually prime miuister, and may be a member of either house of Parliament. The virtual head of the treasury is the chancellor of the exchequer. (See
chancellor, 3 .) The duties of the three remaining members of the board, the junior lords, are merely formal, the heaviest part of the executive functions devolving on the two joint secretaries of the department (the patronage secretary and the financial secretary), who are also members of the lower house, and on a permanent secretary. The custody of the public revenue is vested in the exchequer, but the function of payment belongs to the treasury, consequently all sums withdrawn from the exchequer must be vouched for by a treasury warrant. The treasury has the appointment of all officers engaged in the collection of the public revenue; the army, navy, and civil-service supplies are issued under its authority; and all exceptional cases and disputes relating to the public revenue are referred to its decision. Several important state departments are under the general authority or regulation of the treasury.
- n. The officers of the British treasury department.
- n. A name given to a class of subterranean monuments consisting usually of a solid structure of masonry, of domical form, often with pseudo-vaulting in horizontal courses, either wholly underground or covered with a tumulus. Familiar examples are the structures of this type at Mycenæ and at Orchomenus, in Greece. The name is erroneous, as these structures are now recognized as tombs.
- n. Treasure.
- n. a place where treasure is stored safely
- n. a place where state or royal money and valuables are stored
- n. a collection or artistic or literary works
GNU Webster's 1913
- n. A place or building in which stores of wealth are deposited; especially, a place where public revenues are deposited and kept, and where money is disbursed to defray the expenses of government; hence, also, the place of deposit and disbursement of any collected funds.
- n. That department of a government which has charge of the finances.
- n. A repository of abundance; a storehouse.
- n. Hence, a book or work containing much valuable knowledge, wisdom, wit, or the like; a thesaurus.”
- n. obsolete A treasure.
- n. negotiable debt obligations of the United States government which guarantees that interest and principal payments will be paid on time
- n. the funds of a government or institution or individual
- n. the government department responsible for collecting and managing and spending public revenues
- n. the British cabinet minister responsible for economic strategy
- n. a depository (a room or building) where wealth and precious objects can be kept safely
- n. the federal department that collects revenue and administers federal finances; the Treasury Department was created in 1789
- From Old French tresorie, from tresor ("treasure"), from Latin thēsaurus ("treasure"), from Ancient Greek θησαυρός (thesauros, "treasure house"). Compare French trésorie. (Wiktionary)
- Middle English tresorie, from Old French, from tresor, treasure; see treasure. (American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
“You might consider that a routine job requirement for the secretary of the treasury is a willingness to claim that government bonds are a good investment even when he knows they are not.”
“Their defense: “We won the election, so the treasury is ours.””
“They put him at last into a dungeon underground, which they called the treasury, a place into which there came no air nor light from abroad; and, which, having no doors, was closed with a great stone.”
“If the treasury is actually borrowing money we are beyond fucked.”
“The T.A.R.P. money that's returned to the treasury is supposed to be used for retiring our debt, or not allowing our debt to continue to rise, as it has been.”
“The treasury is empty except for the IOU's to China.”
“Mr. Soros called on the authorities to adopt a plan pioneered by the late Italian central banker Tommaso Padoa-Schioppa , under which the European Financial Stability Facility would buy short-term treasury bills at low interest rates from countries with troublesome debt burdens.”
“What's more, not only have many of the bailed-out banks paid back their loans, the U.S. treasury is about to get a 33% profit on its stake in Citiback as they sell off some of thier shares.”
“Moreover, since the US treasury is assumed to have virtually zero default risk and thus borrows at the risk-free rate, the nominal rate should be the time value of the money (the real rate) plus the nominal inflation rate, which pegs the inflation expectation the CBPP is using at near 5%.”
“In other words, the treasury is legally obligated to provide the money to pay the benefits.”
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