wealth or riches stored or accumulated, especially in the form of precious metals, money, jewels, or plate.
wealth, rich materials, or valuable things.
any thing or person greatly valued or highly prized: This book was his chief treasure.
verb (used with object), treasured, treasuring.
to retain carefully or keep in store, as in the mind.
to regard or treat as precious; cherish.
to put away for security or future use, as money.

1125–75; (noun) Middle English tresor < Old French < Latin thēsaurus storehouse, hoard (see thesaurus); (v.) Middle English, derivative of the noun

treasurable, adjective
treasureless, adjective
untreasurable, adjective
untreasured, adjective

1, 6. hoard. 5. value, esteem. Unabridged
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treasure (ˈtrɛʒə)
1.  wealth and riches, usually hoarded, esp in the form of money, precious metals, or gems
2.  a thing or person that is highly prized or valued
3.  to prize highly as valuable, rare, or costly
4.  to store up and save; hoard
[C12: from Old French tresor, from Latin thēsaurus anything hoarded, from Greek thēsauros]

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Word Origin & History

mid-12c., from O.Fr. tresor "treasury, treasure" (11c.), from Gallo-Romance *tresaurus, from L. thesaurus "treasury, treasure" (cf. Sp., It. tesoro), from Gk. thesauros "store, treasure, treasure house" (see thesaurus). Replaced O.E. goldhord. General sense of "anything
valued" is recorded from c.1200. The verb is attested from late 14c. Treasure hunt is first recorded 1913. For treasure trove, see trove.
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Example sentences
For thousands of years this sea treasure has been highly prized.
He told me that he had come into possession of an old treasure map.
In fact, not to do so amounts to squandering a great national treasure.
But, sadly for those who treasure these curiosities, they seem to be dying out.
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