Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • noun Accumulated or stored wealth in the form of money, jewels, or other valuables.
  • noun Valuable or precious possessions of any kind.
  • noun One considered especially precious or valuable.
  • transitive verb To keep or regard as precious; value highly. synonym: appreciate.
  • transitive verb To accumulate or store away, as for future use.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • To hoard up; lay up in store; collect and lay up, as money or other valuables, for future use or for preservation; accumulate; store: usually with up.
  • To retain carefully in the mind: often with up.
  • To regard as precious; prize.
  • To furnish or endow with treasures; enrich.
  • noun Money or jewels in store; wealth accumulated; riches hoarded; particularly, a stock or store of money in reserve.
  • noun Specifically, gold or silver, either as it comes from the mine, or in bullion, coin, or plate; especially, coin.
  • noun A quantity of anything gathered together; a store; a wealth.
  • noun Something which is greatly valued; that which is highly prized or very valuable.
  • noun A treasure-house; a treasury.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • transitive verb To collect and deposit, as money or other valuable things, for future use; to lay up; to hoard; usually with up.
  • noun Wealth accumulated; especially, a stock, or store of money in reserve.
  • noun A great quantity of anything collected for future use; abundance; plenty.
  • noun That which is very much valued.
  • noun a city for stores and magazines.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • noun uncountable A collection of valuable things.
  • noun countable Any single thing that one values greatly.
  • noun countable A term of endearment.
  • verb transitive, of a person or thing To consider to be precious.
  • verb transitive To store or stow in a safe place.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • noun art highly prized for its beauty or perfection
  • noun a collection of precious things
  • verb hold dear
  • verb be fond of; be attached to
  • noun accumulated wealth in the form of money or jewels etc.
  • noun any possession that is highly valued by its owner

Etymologies

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

[Middle English tresure, from Old French tresor, from Latin thēsaurus, from Greek thēsauros.]

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

From Old French tresor ("treasury"), from Latin thēsaurus ("treasure"), from Ancient Greek θησαυρός (thesauros, "treasure house").

Examples

  • 45 The good man out of the good treasure of his heart bringeth forth that which is good; and the evil _man_ out of the evil _treasure_ bringeth forth that which is evil: for out of the abundance of the heart his mouth speaketh.

    The Gospel of Luke, An Exposition

  • Donilon said the extent of the materials seized from bin Laden's compound in Abbottabad, Pakistan, during the overnight raid by U.S. forces amounted to the largest cache of terrorist intelligence ever gathered, what he described as a "treasure trove" of data.

    Obama: Raid Was 'Longest 40 Minutes'

  • Donilon said the extent of the materials seized from bin Laden's compound in Abbottabad, Pakistan, during the overnight raid by U.S. forces amounted to the largest cache of terrorist intelligence ever gathered, what he described as a "treasure trove" of data.

    Obama: Raid Was 'Longest 40 Minutes'

  • Donilon said the extent of the materials seized from bin Laden's compound in Abbottabad, Pakistan, during the overnight raid by U.S. forces amounted to the largest cache of terrorist intelligence ever gathered, what he described as a "treasure trove" of data.

    Obama: Raid Was 'Longest 40 Minutes'

  • In this case at least, Spain cannot claim that this treasure is theirs.

    Spain claims all treasure from The Black Swan : Coin Collecting News

  • Therefore, the price tag to digitize the second half of this treasure is about a million bucks.

    The Eagle Needs You

  • Her method is to separate her handbags into five categories: the tote, the travel bag, the trendy bag, the evening clutch and what she calls the treasure bag.

    Developing a Handbag Wardrobe

  • He plans to release more information from this -- what he called a treasure trove -- in coming days -- Soledad.

    CNN Transcript Jun 15, 2006

  • In the car, they found a computer with what they call a treasure trove of information about Zarqawi; also, information about bin Laden.

    CNN Transcript Apr 26, 2005

  • The old man was worrying over the loss of what he called his treasure box, and when Ruth confided to Mr. Tingley the truth about Jerry's return and the discovery of the ironbound box, Mr. Tingley determined to take matters into his own hands.

    Ruth Fielding on Cliff Island Or, The Old Hunter's Treasure Box

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