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[trezh-er] /ˈtrɛʒ ər/
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.
Origin of treasure
1125-75; (noun) Middle English tresor < Old French < Latin thēsaurus storehouse, hoard (see thesaurus); (v.) Middle English, derivative of the noun
Related forms
treasurable, adjective
treasureless, adjective
untreasurable, adjective
untreasured, adjective
1, 6. hoard. 5. value, esteem. Unabridged
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  • Bill explained all that had happened, except about the treasure.

  • For all that, I know very well what a treasure I possess in Andrew the carpenter.

    Rico and Wiseli Johanna Spyri
  • We honoured him in life, and in death we treasure his name and memory.

  • And when I had recovered them all, even to the smallest, I took my treasure home.

    Green Mansions W. H. Hudson
  • Wisdom that is hid and treasure that is hoarded, what profit is there in both?

    A Thousand Years of Jewish History Maurice H. (Maurice Henry) Harris
British Dictionary definitions for treasure


wealth and riches, usually hoarded, esp in the form of money, precious metals, or gems
a thing or person that is highly prized or valued
verb (transitive)
to prize highly as valuable, rare, or costly
to store up and save; hoard
Derived Forms
treasurable, adjective
treasureless, adjective
Word Origin
C12: from Old French tresor, from Latin thēsaurus anything hoarded, from Greek thēsauros
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Word Origin and History for treasure

mid-12c., from Old French tresor "treasury, treasure" (11c.), from Gallo-Romance *tresaurus, from Latin thesaurus "treasury, treasure" (cf. Spanish, Italian tesoro), from Greek thesauros "store, treasure, treasure house" (see thesaurus). Replaced Old English goldhord. General sense of "anything valued" is recorded from c.1200. Treasure hunt is first recorded 1913. For treasure trove, see trove.


late 14c., "to amass treasure; to store up for the future," also figurative, from treasure (n.). Related: Treasured; treasuring.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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