trea·sure | \ ˈtre-zhər , ˈtrā- \

Definition of treasure 

(Entry 1 of 2)

1a(1) : wealth (such as money, jewels, or precious metals) stored up or hoarded buried treasure

(2) : wealth of any kind or in any form : riches

b : a store of money in reserve

2 : something of great worth or value also : a person esteemed as rare or precious

3 : a collection of precious things


treasured; treasuring\ˈtre-zh(ə-)riŋ, ˈtrā- \

Definition of treasure (Entry 2 of 2)

transitive verb

1 : to hold or keep as precious : cherish, prize she treasured those memories

2 : to collect and store up (something of value) for future use : hoard

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Synonyms & Antonyms for treasure

Synonyms: Noun

boast, credit, crown jewel, glory, honor, jewel, pride, trophy

Synonyms: Verb

appreciate, cherish, love, prize, value

Antonyms: Verb


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appreciate, value, prize, treasure, cherish mean to hold in high estimation. appreciate often connotes sufficient understanding to enjoy or admire a thing's excellence. appreciates fine wine value implies rating a thing highly for its intrinsic worth. values our friendship prize implies taking a deep pride in something one possesses. Americans prize their freedom treasure emphasizes jealously safeguarding something considered precious. a treasured memento cherish implies a special love and care for something. cherishes her children above all

Examples of treasure in a Sentence


a legend about the pirates' buried treasure Central Park is one of New York City's many treasures. Grandmother's nurse has been a real treasure.


He treasures that autographed baseball. My grandmother's ring is my most treasured possession.
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Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

Unwind from your superhero duties and explore the hidden treasures that San Diego County has to offer — Torrey Pines bluffs, Balboa Park, outdoor movies and concerts. Carolina Gusman,, "San Diego Comic-Con 2018: 15 free things to do before and after Comic-Con around San Diego County," 13 July 2018 Devon — Con: rich people will eventually own the treasure. Patricia Hernandez, The Verge, "26 arguments for and against opening Egypt’s new mystery sarcophagus," 11 July 2018 Folks could vie for these treasures in contests that included swimming and waltzing (but not together). Joy Wallace Dickinson,, "Orlandoans dove into July 4 fun at Joyland," 1 July 2018 Red Sky’s Greg Norman Course was designed to allow the treasures of the landscape to dictate the flow of play. Discover Magazine, "5 Reasons Why Golfing in the Mountains Is Ideal," 25 June 2018 For visitors, the treasures are the long-distance views that come in a procession in all directions, one after another, ridge after ridge. Tom Stienstra, San Francisco Chronicle, "Chronicle hike yields La Honda’s coastal hill treasures," 14 June 2018 Using a smartphone, visitors can explore the 12,000-acre park by taking a virtual tour or geocaching for treasure. Ingrid Wilgen, San Antonio Express-News, "San Antonio’s parks offer outdoor fun," 11 June 2018 His book is a small treasure, one to be read and considered and reread. Julie Orringer, New York Times, "Short Stories That Travel the World From a Deliciously Off-Kilter Perspective," 22 June 2018 Archaeologists have found a hidden network of tombs in Minya and a rare Greco-Roman temple in the western desert, while the authorities have stepped up efforts to recover ancient treasures smuggled abroad. Declan Walsh, New York Times, "Sarcophagus Found. Contents Unknown. (‘No Guessing, Please.’)," 13 July 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

The other photos all look like the ones that a woman would post to a profile, or that a loved one would treasure as their best photo of the missing. Rena Gross, Billboard, "12 Big Revelations From 'Handmaid's Tale' Season 2, Episode 7," 30 May 2018 They’ll be treasured, but will usually cost top dollar. Omar Kelly,, "Kelly: A mediocre crop of talent hints that Dolphins should be aggressive with the 2018 draft class | Commentary," 16 Apr. 2018 Luke Farrell erased two of his toughest professional baseball moments with a performance to treasure Saturday night. Mark Gonzales,, "Luke Farrell earns redemption in Cubs' 14-inning win against Mets," 3 June 2018 Magic Words: The force of my feelings is a gift to be treasured. Bess Matassa, Teen Vogue, "Weekly Horoscopes July 2-8," 29 June 2018 He treasured family and good friends, August vacations and great instrumental music., "Bertrand P. Fredericks," 27 June 2018 His refined and deeply thought out performances are always concerts to be treasured. Patrick Neas, kansascity, "Friends of Chamber Music announce a ‘Transcendant’ 2018-19 season," 2 June 2018 Getting to witness Harrison Ford and Peter Mayhew reprise their roles as everyone’s favorite smuggler-wookiee duo in The Force Awakens is the type of movie experience that doesn’t come around often and needs to be treasured accordingly. Megan Mccluskey, Time, "The Top 10 Most Han Solo Moments in Star Wars History," 2 May 2018 Just treasure it and pass it down in the generations.’’ Belgium is now on a 24-match unbeaten streak., "Belgium holds off Brazil’s comeback effort to reach World Cup semifinals," 6 July 2018

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First Known Use of treasure


12th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1a(1)


14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 2

History and Etymology for treasure


Middle English tresor, from Anglo-French, from Latin thesaurus — more at thesaurus

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English Language Learners Definition of treasure

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: something valuable (such as money, jewels, gold, or silver) that is hidden or kept in a safe place

: something that is very special, important, or valuable

: a person who is greatly loved or valued especially because of being very helpful



English Language Learners Definition of treasure (Entry 2 of 2)

: to value (something) very much


trea·sure | \ ˈtre-zhər \

Kids Definition of treasure

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1 : wealth (as money or jewels) stored up or held in reserve

2 : something of great value The park is one of the city's treasures.


treasured; treasuring

Kids Definition of treasure (Entry 2 of 2)

: to treat as precious : cherish Ramona, who liked to draw … treasured the new eraser … —Beverly Cleary, Ramona Quimby



Legal Definition of treasure 

: personal property that is hidden in something else for an extended period and whose owner cannot be determined

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