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 treasuring (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 For years, the 35-acre picturesque lake, waterfall and century-old dam had been an unspoiled treasure for local residents, but through the power of social media, the secret got out. Sarah Maslin Nir, New York Times, "‘Hidden Gem’ Made Popular by TikTok Is Shut to Keep Out-of-Towners Away," 29 July 2020 The treasure, which was discovered by the Nowy Sącz Historical and Exploratory Association, will be given to the archaeologists to properly catalog and display in a local museum. Fox News, "Hidden silver found at 600-year-old castle occupied by Nazis during WW2," 24 June 2020 Critics worry about sullying a natural treasure and ruining a regional economy increasingly built on recreation and outdoor splendor. Jack Brook, The Christian Science Monitor, "Conservation vs. copper: Minnesota town debates its future with a mine," 2 July 2020 Once aboard, pirates sought out the cargo and treasure and would use intimidation to get it. National Geographic, "Ahoy! It's the real pirates of the Caribbean—and the Carolinas," 2 July 2020 Separately in 2018, an 8-year-old girl discovered a 1,500-year-old sword in a Swedish lake and an incredible trove of silver treasure linked to the era of a famous Viking king was discovered on an island in the Baltic Sea. Fox News, "Viking ship discovery: Historic dig to uncover longship starts in Norway," 30 June 2020 This park is a national treasure and important part of Florida's tourism business, drawing people from around the world to see its beauty. The Washington Post, "Talk about Travel," 29 June 2020 The comedic premise framing the discovery of the treasure only opens the door to more jokes within the scene. Marcus Jones,, "Spike Lee and his Da 5 Bloods cowriters break down the film’s most pivotal scene," 18 June 2020 When: Now Director Spike Lee tackles the Vietnam war in his first film for Netflix, telling the story of four Black veterans who return to Southeast Asia in search of their squad leader’s remains and buried treasure. cleveland, "2020 Summer Movie Preview: 22 can’t-miss films to watch in theaters or at home," 15 June 2020 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb And the funeral services that were absent during the lockdown—from the guests to the presentation of the casket—will be treasured. Chiara Goia, National Geographic, "These undertakers served on the coronavirus frontlines—now they're struggling," 1 June 2020 Being in the moment and drinking in all of life’s beautiful experiences is something that should be treasured for everyone. Annie Lane, oregonlive, "Dear Annie: That baby in the stroller you’re pushing is more important than your phone," 2 Mar. 2020 This one should be a virtual no-brainer, as Hole frontwoman Courtney Love fits all the best and worst parts of the rock star archetype that the Hall of Fame so often seems to treasure. Andrew Unterberger, Billboard, "10 Female Artists Who Should Be in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame (And 5 Who Might Come Next)," 15 Jan. 2020 Transform family history into digital keepsakes for a gift Mom (and future generations) can treasure forever. Jessica Bennett, Better Homes & Gardens, "Preserve Your Favorite Family Memories By Salvaging Old VHS Tapes and Photo Negatives," 28 Apr. 2020 For the mom who treasures her beauty routine: A lighted makeup mirror Applying makeup or plucking eyebrows in the dark is asking for a disaster—that’s where lighted makeup mirrors come in. Jessica Kasparian, USA TODAY, "25 Mother’s Day gifts moms actually want," 10 Apr. 2020 Scurry welcomes the changes and looks forward to celebrating its history, treasuring its present, and shaping its future for years to come. Caroline Rogers, Southern Living, "This Charming Charleston Garden Thrives Season After Season," 9 Apr. 2020 One aspect Pattem treasures most about local shopping is the personal connection the shops have to the owners. Nneka M. Okona, Condé Nast Traveler, "Madrid Residents Are Turning to Local Mercados Amid the Coronavirus," 31 Mar. 2020 For those of us who treasure living our lives outdoors, sacrificing our fun is the easier part. Thomas Peipert, USA TODAY, "Coronavirus shutdowns deliver 'body blow' to Colorado's ski industry," 26 Mar. 2020

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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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4 Aug 2020

Cite this Entry

“Treasure.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 13 Aug. 2020.

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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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