Definitions

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

  • n. Accumulated or stored wealth in the form of money, jewels, or other valuables.
  • n. Valuable or precious possessions of any kind.
  • n. One considered especially precious or valuable.
  • transitive v. To keep or regard as precious; value highly. See Synonyms at appreciate.
  • transitive v. To accumulate and store away, as for future use.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. A collection of valuable things.
  • n. Any single thing that one values greatly.
  • n. A term of endearment.
  • v. To consider to be precious.
  • v. To store or stow in a safe place.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

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

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. Money or jewels in store; wealth accumulated; riches hoarded; particularly, a stock or store of money in reserve.
  • n. Specifically, gold or silver, either as it comes from the mine, or in bullion, coin, or plate; especially, coin.
  • n. A quantity of anything gathered together; a store; a wealth.
  • n. Something which is greatly valued; that which is highly prized or very valuable.
  • n. A treasure-house; a treasury.
  • 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.

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

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

Etymologies

Middle English tresure, from Old French tresor, from Latin thēsaurus, from Greek thēsauros.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Old French tresor ("treasury"), from Latin thēsaurus ("treasure"), from Ancient Greek θησαυρός (thesauros, "treasure house"). (Wiktionary)

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'

  • 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

  • Mr. President, independent as we are in free nationhood, yet we are vital to each other in the matter of our fortunes and, it may be a vulgar thing to say-I have said it once before since I have been in Canada-but I do suggest both from your point of view and ours, you should remember "where your treasure is there should your heart be also."

    Empire Unity—The Bulwark of Civilization

  • I looked forrard and I saw ye, and I looked back and I saw what you're seeking, and I know where the treasure is and –

    The House of Arden

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