noun \ˈtre-zh(ə-)rē, ˈtrā-\

: 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

plural trea·sur·ies

Full Definition of TREASURY

a :  a place in which stores of wealth are kept
b :  the place of deposit and disbursement of collected funds; especially :  one where public revenues are deposited, kept, and disbursed
c :  funds kept in such a depository
obsolete :  treasure
a :  a governmental department in charge of finances and especially the collection, management, and expenditure of public revenues
b :  the building in which the business of such a governmental department is transacted
capitalized :  a government security (as a note or bill) issued by the Treasury
:  a repository for treasures <a treasury of poems>

Examples of TREASURY

  1. A government official has been accused of stealing from the nation's treasury.
  2. The fees are deposited into the state's treasury.
  3. A part of the nation's treasury is spent on space exploration.
  4. 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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