Simple Definition of treasury
: the place where the money of a government, club, etc., is kept; also : the money itself
: a place in a church, castle, palace, etc., where money and valuable objects are kept
: a group of valuable things that are related in some way
Full Definition of treasury
1a : a place in which stores of wealth are keptb : the place of deposit and disbursement of collected funds; especially : one where public revenues are deposited, kept, and disbursedc : funds kept in such a depository
2 obsolete : treasure
3 capitalized a : a governmental department in charge of finances and especially the collection, management, and expenditure of public revenuesb : the building in which the business of such a governmental department is transacted
4 capitalized : a government security (as a note or bill) issued by the Treasury
5 : a repository for treasures <a treasury of poems>
Examples of treasury
A government official has been accused of stealing from the nation's treasury.
The fees are deposited into the state's treasury.
A part of the nation's treasury is spent on space exploration.
The author has collected a treasury of facts and lore about horses.
Origin of treasury
Middle English tresorie, from Anglo-French, from tresor treasure
First Known Use: 14th century
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