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[trezh-uh-ree] /ˈtrɛʒ ə ri/
noun, plural treasuries.
a place where the funds of the government, of a corporation, or the like are deposited, kept, and disbursed.
funds or revenue of a government, public or private corporation, etc.
(initial capital letter) the department of government that has control over the collection, management, and disbursement of the public revenue.
a building, room, chest, or other place for the preservation of treasure or valuable objects.
a collection or supply of excellent or highly prized writings, works of art, etc.:
a treasury of American poetry.
Treasuries, Informal. Treasury bills, bonds, and notes.
Origin of treasury
1250-1300; Middle English tresorie < Old French. See treasure, -y3 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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noun (pl) -uries
a storage place for treasure
the revenues or funds of a government, private organization, or individual
a place where funds are kept and disbursed
Also treasure house. a collection or source of valuable items: a treasury of information
Word Origin
C13: from Old French tresorie, from tresor treasure


(in various countries) the government department in charge of finance. In Britain the Treasury is also responsible for economic strategy
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Word Origin and History for treasury

late 13c., "room for treasure," from Old French tresorie (11c.), from tresor (see treasure). Meaning "department of state that controls public revenue" is recorded from late 14c. An Old English word for "room for treasure" was maðm-hus.

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treasury in the Bible

(Matt. 27:6; Mark 12:41; John 8:20). It does not appear that there was a separate building so called. The name was given to the thirteen brazen chests, called "trumpets," from the form of the opening into which the offerings of the temple worshippers were put. These stood in the outer "court of the women." "Nine chests were for the appointed money-tribute and for the sacrifice-tribute, i.e., money-gifts instead of the sacrifices; four chests for freewill-offerings for wood, incense, temple decoration, and burnt-offerings" (Lightfoot's Hor. Heb.).

Easton's 1897 Bible Dictionary
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