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trea·​sure ˈtre-zhər How to pronounce treasure (audio)
: wealth (such as money, jewels, or precious metals) stored up or hoarded
buried treasure
: wealth of any kind or in any form : riches
: a store of money in reserve
: something of great worth or value
also : a person esteemed as rare or precious
: a collection of precious things


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treasured; treasuring ˈtre-zh(ə-)riŋ How to pronounce treasure (audio)

transitive verb

: to hold or keep as precious : cherish, prize
she treasured those memories
: to collect and store up (something of value) for future use : hoard
Choose the Right Synonym for treasure

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.
Recent Examples on the Web
Additions include a storefront of the Maisonette ‒ Cincinnati's former fine-dining treasure that closed in 2005 ‒ a 21.5-foot Johnny's Big Red Grill sign sourced from Ithaca, New York, and a marquee from the century-old, now-closed, Ioka Theatre located in Exeter, New Hampshire. Grace Tucker, The Enquirer, 12 July 2024 Fiendish fast-food slinger Plankton frames his rival, Mr. Krabs, for stealing King Neptune's crown, and SpongeBob and Patrick are sent on a quest to retrieve the treasure and prove their friend is innocent. Danny Horn,, 10 July 2024
In the living room, three Ghanaian masks—treasured gifts from a dear friend—sit above the doorway. Essence, 20 June 2024 Many have treasured lasting memories of their fathers. Tribune News Service, Hartford Courant, 12 June 2024 See all Example Sentences for treasure 

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Word History



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

First Known Use


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


14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 2

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

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Cite this Entry

“Treasure.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 16 Jul. 2024.

Kids Definition


1 of 2 noun
trea·​sure ˈtrezh-ər How to pronounce treasure (audio) ˈtrāzh- How to pronounce treasure (audio)
: wealth (as money, jewels, or precious metals) stored up or held in reserve
: someone or something that is valued highly


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treasured; treasuring -(ə-)riŋ How to pronounce treasure (audio)
: to value highly : cherish


Middle English tresor "treasure," from early French tresor (same meaning), from Latin thesaurus "treasure, collection" — related to thesaurus

Legal Definition


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

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