trea·​sure | \ ˈtre-zhər How to pronounce treasure (audio) , 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 How to pronounce treasure (audio) , 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

Synonyms: Verb

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

Noun 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. Verb He treasures that autographed baseball. My grandmother's ring is my most treasured possession.
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Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Archaeologists concluded that the Aqueduct of Valens had a second channel for maintenance, but were unable to progress with more research after treasure hunters dynamited a crucial span in search of gold. Rafil Kroll-zaidi, Harper's Magazine, 20 July 2021 Fearful that unscrupulous treasure hunters will start searching for and stealing the silver coins, the authorities have now sealed off the site near Biskupiec and declared its exact location a state secret. New York Times, 12 July 2021 Their descendants would expend much blood and treasure securing liberty at home and promoting it abroad. The Editors, National Review, 4 July 2021 And that was bought with so much blood and treasure. Fox News Staff, Fox News, 3 July 2021 The bottles may be concealed, but will not be buried or hidden in a way that requires treasure hunters to uproot plants or otherwise damage park property. Adam Duvernay, oregonlive, 1 July 2021 After meeting with the treasure hunters in early 2018, the FBI brought in a contractor with more sophisticated instruments. Michael Rubinkam, ajc, 25 June 2021 Officials who police these areas worry that such markers act as an X on a proverbial treasure map. Elizabeth Evitts Dickinson, Anchorage Daily News, 9 July 2021 Rumsfeld did a great service to the nation by spending considerable time and treasure in his retirement to organize and digitize his voluminous archives. Victoria Coates, National Review, 9 July 2021 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb With everything from car chases and explosions to treasure maps and romance, the upcoming season looks promising. Vanessa Etienne,, 14 July 2021 Early in his papacy, Francis issued an encyclical, or formal teaching document, stressing the need to treasure and protect the environment., 28 June 2021 Over the past 15 months, the coronavirus pandemic upended the traditions — and renowned performances — that students and teachers treasure at the magnet school nestled in Dallas’ arts district. Emily Donaldson, Dallas News, 20 June 2021 Through careful planning, creativity, travel and commitment to being present in multiple ways, the Sarros, Austin and Weir extended families nourish and treasure strong intergenerational relationships. Harriet L. Blake, Dallas News, 27 May 2021 Keep reading to learn about fabulous gifts your mom will treasure forever. Tanya Dukes, Town & Country, 4 May 2021 Clues posted daily will help treasure hunters discover the location of four exclusive Rose Festival pins, each packed into a small canister and hidden in its respective county. oregonlive, 20 Apr. 2021 Accomplished naturalists guide guests to treasure troves of fascinating island finds. Laura Manske, Forbes, 26 Apr. 2021 Choosing these natural, pastel colored eggs is the perfect way to display nature's beauty, support local farmers, and create a spring keepsake to treasure for years to come. Rachael Lagarde Walker, Southern Living, 31 Mar. 2021

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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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The first known use of treasure was in the 12th century

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24 Jul 2021

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“Treasure.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 30 Jul. 2021.

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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 How to pronounce treasure (audio) \

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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